VIII. Atthaka Nipata
II: Maha Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
VIII. The Book of the Eights
II. The Great Chapter
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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(1) Non-recitation is the stain of the hymns.
(2) The stain of houses is lack of upkeep.
(3) The stain of beauty is laziness.
(4) Heedlessness is the stain of a guard.
(5) A woman's stain is misconduct.
(6) Miserliness is a donor's stain.
(7) Bad unwholesome qualities are stains in this world and the next.
(8) A stain graver than this is ignorance, the very worst of stains.
These, bhikkhus, are the eight stains."
Non-recitation is the stain of the hymns;
the stain of houses is lack of upkeep;
the stain of beauty is laziness,
heedlessness is the stain of a guard.
A woman's stain is misconduct,
miserliness is a donor's stain;
bad unwholesome qualities are stains
in this world and the next.
A stain graver than these
is ignorance, the worst of stains.