“without a mysterious cause”
Animitta in the Pāli language of early Buddhist texts is usually translated as “signless,” or “unconditioned”—one of a few words used as synonyms for nibbāna: freedom from psychological & spiritual suffering.
Another translation of animitta, by the late Prof. David Kalupahana, is “without a mysterious cause.”
Kalupahana’s translation captures this site, which seeks to understand & articulate the teachings of Siddattha Gotama, the Buddha, aside from the indigenous beliefs, mythologies & metaphysics of the many cultures through which those teachings have passed.
The truth which Gotama taught is about our actual experience, & requires nothing beyond that experience—it can be experienced by the wise, here & now.
This site is dedicated to finding new language for the truths that Gotama taught, consistent with his teaching, & without contradicting our enormous progress in natural science: to explain the truth of human experience as Gotama did, “without a mysterious cause.”