Points of Controversy

5.8. Of Insight into the Future

Controverted Point: That there is knowledge of the future.

Theravādin: If we can know about the future in general, it must be as in other knowledge through knowing its root, condition, cause, source, origin, upspringing, support, basis, correlation, genesis. But you deny that we know the future thus… .

And it must be as in other knowledge through knowing how it will be correlated by condition, base, predominance, contiguity, and immediate contiguity. But You deny here again… .

Again, if you are right, one in the stage of adoption has insight into the First Path, one in the First Path has insight into the First Fruition, and so on. But you deny here again… .

Andhaka: If I am wrong, is there not a Suttanta in which the Exalted One said: “To Patna, Ānanda, three disasters will happen: by fire or by water or by rupture of friendship ”? Surely then the future may be known.