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Anguttara Nikaya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
XVIII. Upāsaka Vaggo

Sutta 175

Candala Sutta

The Outcaste

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
For free distribution only.

 


 

Translator's note

This discourse lists — first in negative and then in positive form — the basic requirements for being a Buddhist lay follower in good standing.

 


 

[1][pts] "Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower,
a stain of a lay follower,
a dregs of a lay follower.
Which five?

He/she does not have conviction
[in the Buddha's Awakening];
is unvirtuous;
is eager for protective charms and ceremonies;
trusts protective charms and ceremonies,
not kamma;
and searches for recipients of his/her offerings
outside (of the Sangha),
and gives offerings there first.

Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower,
a stain of a lay follower,
a dregs of a lay follower.

"Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower,
a lotus of a lay follower,
a fine flower of a lay follower.
Which five?

He/she has conviction;
is virtuous;
is not eager for protective charms and ceremonies;
trusts kamma,
not protective charms and ceremonies;
does not search for recipients of his/her offerings
outside (of the Sangha),
and gives offerings here first.

Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower,
a lotus of a lay follower,
a fine flower of a lay follower."

 


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