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Anguttara Nikāya
Navaka Nipāta
Sīhanāda Vagga

Sutta 17

Kula Suttaṃ

Families

Translated from the Pali
by Sister Upalavanna

 


 

[1][pts] I heard thus.

At that time The Blessed One was abiding in Sāvatthi.

'Bhikkhus, it is not suitable to approach families endowed with nine factors,
nor even to take a seat,
if already approached.

What nine?

If they do not attend,
worship and offer a seat pleasantly,
hide their belongings,
give a little from what they have in plenty,
give good things unhappily,
give carelessly without attention,
do not sit to listen to the Teaching
and when told something do not listen to it.

Bhikkhus, it is not suitable to approach families endowed with these nine factors,
nor even to take a seat,
if already approached.

Bhikkhus, it is suitable to approach families endowed with nine factors
if not yet approached
and to take a seat,
if already approached.

What nine?

If they attend,
worship and offer a seat pleasantly,
do not hide their belongings,
give much from what they have in plenty,
give good things happily,
do not give carelessly,
give with attention,
sit to listen to the Teaching
and when told something they listen to it.

Bhikkhus, it is suitable to approach families endowed with these nine factors,
if not yet approached
and to take a seat,
if already approached'.


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