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Anguttara Nikaya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
12. Andhakavinda Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The book of the Fives
Chapter XII: Andhakavinda

Sutta 119

Micchā-vācā Suttaɱ

Speech

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] Thus have I heard:

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

'Monks.'

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

'Monks, pursuing five courses
a nun is surely cast into hell as a reward.

What five?

Without testing or plumbing the matter,[ed1]
she speaks in praise of the unpraiseworthy,;
without testing or plumbing the matter,
she speaks in dispraise of the praiseworthy;
she is wrong in speech;
she is wrong in action;
and she rejects the gift of faith.

Monks, pursuing these five courses
a nun is surely cast into hell as a reward.'

 


 

Monks, pursuing five courses
a nun is surely set in heaven as a reward.

What five?

After testing and plumbing the matter,
she speaks in praise of the praiseworthy,

after testing and plumbing the matter,
she speaks in dispraise of the unpraiseworthy;
she has right speech;
she is right in action;
and she accepts the gift of faith.

Monks, pursuing these five courses
a nun is surely set in heaven as a reward.

 


[ed1] Hare abridges this entire sutta with '...she is wrong in speech, wrong in actions, and rejects the gift of faith' I have reconstructed the sutta using AN 5.116 and the Pali.


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