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Anguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
Vinaya Vaggo

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter VIII: The Discipline

Sutta 80

Adhikaraṇasamatha Suttaɱ

The Settlement of Disputes

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

'Monks, there are these seven ways[1] for settling disputes,
for composing and calming disputes,
which arise from time to time.

What seven?

The rule of settling, face to face, may be used;
the rule of appeal to conscience[2] may be used;
the rule for those who have been clear-minded may be used;
the rule for confession may be used;
the rule for the majority vote of the chapter may be used;
the rule for a specific offence may be used;
and the rule for covering, as with grass, may be used.

Monks, these are the seven ways for settling disputes,
for composing and calming disputes,
which arise from time to time.'[3]

 


[1] Dhammā; cf. D. iii, 254 (where dhammā is omitted); A. i, 99; for instances of each see M. ii, 247-50 (F. Dial. ii, 141); Vin. Texts, iii, pp. 1-65.

[2] Sati, or introspection.

[3] The Manorathapūraṇī closes its comments on the Sattaka Nipāta with this sutta. It is possible, therefore, that the following section may be a late interpolation, but, on the other hand, similar suttas occur at the end of each nipāta.


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