Anguttara Nikaya


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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāto
I. Bālla Vagga

Sutta 2

Lakkhana Sutta

Characterized (by Action)

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[2.1][pts][bodh][upal] "Monks, a fool is characterized by his/her actions.

A wise person is characterized by his/her actions.

It is through the activities of one's life that one's discernment shines.

"A person endowed with three things is to be recognized as a fool.

Which three?

Bodily misconduct, verbal misconduct, mental misconduct.

A person endowed with these three things is to be recognized as a fool.

"A person endowed with three things is to be recognized as a wise person.

Which three?

Good bodily conduct, good verbal conduct, good mental conduct.

A person endowed with these three things is to be recognized as a wise person.

"Thus, monks, you should train yourselves:

'We will avoid the three things that, endowed with which, one is to be recognized as a fool.

We will undertake and maintain the three things that, endowed with which, one is to be recognized as a wise person.'

That's how you should train yourselves."

 


 

See also:
AN X.176.

 


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