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Questions regarding eternity are considered to lack an answer: https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/avyakrita According to the sutta quoted below, Buddha refrained from answering that type of questions. The reason for this comes from the buddhist notion of anatta, also mentioned below. The concepts are a bit hard to untangle, but this is the gist of it: ...


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From the Pali suttas, the first that came to mind is "Assusutta (SN 15.3) -- Tears". It's translated variously: By Thanissaro Bhikkhu From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. By Ven. Sujato Mendicants, transmigration has no known beginning. By Piya Tan: this cycle of life and rebirth is without a knowable beginning The word in ...


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