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A.11_008 Manasikaara Sutta Aananda asks whether it is possible that a monk might calm his mind without bearing any of the following objects in mind: eye, visual images, ear, sounds, nose, scents, tongue, taste, body, touch -- 1. earth element; 2. water element; 3. fire element; 4. air element; 5. the sphere of the infinity of space (aakaasaana~ncaayatana); 6. the sphere of the infinity of consciousness (vi~n~naa.na~ncaayatana); 7. the sphere of nothingness (aaki~nca~n~naayatana); 8. the sphere of neither perception nor non-perception (nevasa~n~naanaasa~n~naayatana); 9. this world; 10. the next world, or; 11. images seen, sounds heard, scents smelled, tastes tasted, touches felt or moods experiences? The Buddha replies that it is possible if a monk contemplates peaceful nature or subtle nature -- that is peaceful body, peace [upadhi], ending craving, ending grasping, extinction and nirvana. 38/519 Ekaadasaka Nipaata A"nguttara A.i.


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