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Kalaka Sutta: At Kalaka's Park

Kalaka Sutta

Summary: Even though the Buddha has deep understanding, he doesn't take a stance on any of it.

AN 4.24 PTS: A ii 23

Kalaka Sutta: At Kalaka's Park

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

On one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Saketa at Kalaka's park. There he addressed the monks: “Monks!”

“Yes, lord,” the monks responded.

The Blessed One said: “Monks, whatever in the cosmos — with its devas, Maras, & Brahmas, its generations with their contemplatives & brahmans royalty & common people — is seen, heard, sensed, cognized, attained, sought after, pondered by the intellect: That do I know. Whatever in the cosmos — with its devas, Maras, & Brahmas, its generations with their contemplatives & brahmans, their royalty & common people — is seen, heard, sensed, cognized, attained, sought after, pondered by the intellect: That I directly know. That has been realized by the Tathagata, but in the Tathagata(1) it has not been established.(2)

“If I were to say, 'I don't know whatever in the cosmos… is seen, heard, sensed, cognized… pondered by the intellect,' that would be a falsehood in me. If I were to say, 'I both know and don't know whatever in the cosmos… is seen, heard, sensed, cognized… pondered by the intellect,' that would be just the same. If I were to say, 'I neither know nor don't know whatever in the cosmos… is seen, heard, sensed, cognized… pondered by the intellect,' that would be a fault in me.

“Thus, monks, the Tathagata, when seeing what is to be seen, doesn't construe an [object as] seen. He doesn't construe an unseen. He doesn't construe an [object] to-be-seen. He doesn't construe a seer.

“When hearing…

“When sensing…

“When cognizing what is to be cognized, he doesn't construe an [object as] cognized. He doesn't construe an uncognized. He doesn't construe an [object] to-be-cognized. He doesn't construe a cognizer.

Thus, monks, the Tathagata — being the same with regard to all phenomena that can be seen, heard, sensed, & cognized — is 'Such.' And I tell you: There's no other 'Such' higher or more sublime.

“Whatever is seen or heard or sensed and fastened onto as true by others, One who is Such — among the self-fettered — wouldn't further claim to be true or even false. “Having seen well in advance that arrow where generations are fastened & hung — 'I know, I see, that's just how it is!' — there's nothing of the Tathagata fastened.”

Notes

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1.

Reading tathagate with the Thai edition.

2.

I.e., the Tathagata hasn't taken a stance on it.

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