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Acintita Sutta: Unconjecturable

Acintita Sutta

Summary: If you spend too much time pondering these four things you will surely drive yourself crazy.

AN 4.77 PTS: A ii 80

Acintita Sutta: Unconjecturable

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

“There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four?

“The Buddha-range of the Buddhas(1) is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about it.

“The jhana-range of a person in jhana…(2)

“The [precise working out of the] results of kamma…

“Conjecture about [the origin, etc., of] the world is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about it.

“These are the four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them.”

Notes

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1.

I.e., the range of powers a Buddha develops as a result of becoming a Buddha.

2.

I.e., the range of powers that one may obtain while absorbed in jhana.

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