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ānantaryakarman (P. ānantariyakamma; T. mtshams med pa'i las; C. wujian ye) is translated as "act that brings immediate retribution," etc. These are actions that are so heinous that as soon as the person who commits the act dies, they are immediately reborn in the Avici hell realm (without any intervening births in between).

Five acts are traditionally enumerated:[1][2]

In the Sanskrit tradition, these five henious acts are referred to as pañcānantarya.[3][4]

The Buddha's cousin Devadatta was infamous for commiting mulitple henious acts, including: attempting to kill the Buddha (and wounding him instead), killing an arhat, and causing a schism in the sangha.



Further reading

  • Silk, Jonathan A. (2007). Good and Evil in Indian Buddhism: The Five Sins of Immediate Retribution, Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (3), 253-286