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Anguttara Nikaya

Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.268–1.295
Impossible

What can and can't happen in the world.

AN 1.268

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to consider any conditioned thing as permanent. But it is possible for an ordinary person to consider any conditioned thing as permanent.”

AN 1.269

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen for a stream entrant to consider any conditioned thing as bringing happiness. But it is possible for an ordinary person to consider any conditioned thing as bringing happiness.”

AN 1.270

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to consider any conditioned thing as being able to change according to one’s own desire. But it is possible for an ordinary person to consider any conditioned thing as being able to change according to one’s own desire.”

AN 1.271

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to murder his mother. But it is possible for an ordinary person to murder his mother.”

AN 1.272

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to murder his father. But it is possible for an ordinary person to murder his father.”

AN 1.273

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to murder an enlightened monk. But it is possible for an ordinary person to murder an enlightened monk.”

AN 1.274

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant with a hateful mind to injure a Buddha. But it is possible for an ordinary person with a hateful mind to injure a Buddha.”

AN 1.275

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to divide the community of monks. But it is possible for an ordinary person to divide the community of monks.”

AN 1.276

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to go for refuge to another teacher rejecting the Buddha. But it is possible for an ordinary person to go for refuge to another teacher rejecting the Buddha.”

AN 1.277

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for two Buddhas to be born in the same solar system at the same time. But it is possible for just one Buddha, to be born in one solar system.”

AN 1.278

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for two universal kings to be born in the same solar system at the same time. But it is possible for just one universal king to be born in one solar system.”

AN 1.279

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a woman to be a fully-enlightened Buddha. But it is possible for a man to be a fully-enlightened Buddha.”

AN 1.280

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a woman to be a universal king. But it is possible for a man to be a universal king.”

AN 1.281–283

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a woman to become Sakka, the lord of gods, …Māra, or …Brahmā. But it is possible for a man to become Sakka, the lord of gods,… Māra, or …Brahmā.”

AN 1.284

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for pleasant, desirable, agreeable results to come from evil bodily conduct. But it is possible for unpleasant, undesirable, disagreeable results to come from evil bodily conduct.”

AN 1.285–286

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for pleasant, desirable, agreeable results to come from evil verbal … evil mental conduct. But it is possible for unpleasant, undesirable, disagreeable results to come from evil verbal … evil mental conduct.”

AN 1.287

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for unpleasant, undesirable, disagreeable results to come from good bodily conduct. But it is possible for pleasant, desirable, agreeable results to come from good bodily conduct.”

AN 1.288–289

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for unpleasant, undesirable, disagreeable results to come from good verbal … good mental conduct. But it is possible for likable, desirable, agreeable results to come from good verbal … good mental conduct.”

AN 1.290

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, that someone who has engaged in evil bodily conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a happy place, such as a heavenly world. But it is possible that someone who has engaged in evil bodily conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a miserable, painful, lower world, such as hell.”

AN 1.291–292

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, that someone who has engaged in evil verbal … evil mental conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a happy place, such as a heavenly world. But it is possible that someone who has engaged in evil verbal … evil mental conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a miserable, painful, lower world, such as hell.”

AN 1.293

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, that someone who has engaged in good bodily conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a miserable, painful, lower world, such as hell. But it is possible that someone who has engaged in good bodily conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a happy place, such as a heavenly world.”

AN 1.294–295

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, that someone who has engaged in good verbal … good mental conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a miserable, painful, lower world, such as hell. But it is possible that someone who has engaged in good verbal … good mental conduct, for that reason alone, to be reborn after death in a happy place, such as a heavenly world.”

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