is the Root of Suffering!
At Varanasi in the Deer Park at
Isipatana, they once asked
Ignorance, ignorance, it is said, what now, friend, is this ignorance,
and in what way is one immersed in such ignorance?
Here, friend, the uninstructed ordinary person does not understand
as it really is: The arising, the ceasing, the satisfaction, the danger
nor the escape from, nor the way leading to this escape, neither in the
case of form, nor of in the case of feeling, nor regarding perception,
nor of mental construction, nor of in the case of this
This, friends, is called ignorance, and in this way is one indeed still
immersed in this much more than
fatal blindness of ignorance...
which is the root cause of all Suffering:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya 22:131+5 III 174-6