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23. Dighacarika Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXIII: Wandering Afield

Sutta 225

Pathama Kulupaga Suttam

The Visitor of Families (a)

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Savatthi;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:


'Yes, lord,' they replied; and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, there are these five disadvantages to the visitor of families.

What five? [190] In going uninvited he offends;[1]
by sitting in solitude he offends;
in using an obscure seat he offends;
in teaching Dhamma to women
in more than five or six words he offends;
he lives engrossed in thoughts of lust.

Monks, these are the five disadvantages to the visitor of families.'


[1] Anamantacara. Comy. observes that on being invited to a meal, from not asking a good monk, he oalls on families either before the meal or after - so in respect of the training, it is said he commits a fault. At Vin. i, 255 this word recurs with the fault a-samadana-cara, going for alms without taking all one's robes; possibly Bu. has made an ecclesiastical offence of it, when it really means the family visited is offended, as must be in the second and third clauses.

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