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Fear of Blame


[DN 33]
The Compilation, MO trans of DN#33: Sangiti Suttanta
[SN 2.16.11] WP: The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, Bodhi, trans., I. The Book of Causation, Kasapa, 11. The Robe, pp678;
[SN 5.45.]
WP: II.The Great Book V.i.45.i. Ignorance, pp 1523
[MN 39]
WP: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Bodhi/Nanamoli, trans., 39.3 The Greater Discourse at Assapura
[MN 53]
WP: MN 53.12: Sekha Sutta
[AN 2.1-10]
PTS: The Book of the Gradual Sayings, I: The Book of the Twos, I.1-10: Punishments, Woodward, trans., pp 50.
[AN 5.1-2]
PTS: The Book of the Gradual Sayings, III: The Book of the Fives, I.I.i: The Powers in Brief, pp1, and ii: The Powers in Detail, pp 2, Hare, trans.
ATI: Guardians of the World, Bhikkhu Bodhi Essay
[DN 16]
Rhys Davids: Buddhist Suttas, I: The Book of the Great Decease, Chapter I, note 13



Pali MO Hare Horner Punnaji Bodhi Nanamoli Rhys Davids (Mrs)Rhys Davids Thanissaro Walshe Woodward
ottappa Fear of Blame Fear of Blame fear of wrongdoing fear of wrongdoing afraid of sin, discretion discretion Fear of Wrongdoing Moral Dread fear of blame



Pali Text Society
Pali English Dictionary
Edited by T. W. Rhys Davids and William Stede

Ottappa: (nt.) [fr. tappati1 + ud, would corresp. to a Sk. form *auttapya fr. ut-tapya to be regretted, tormented by remorse....] fear of exile, shrinking back from doing wrong, remorse. ... Ottappa generally goes with hiri as one of the 7 noble treasures.... Hiri-ottappa... J I.129; hir-ottappa at M I.271; S II.220; V.1; A II.78; IV.99, 151; V.214;.... See also hiri. - Further passages: D III.212; M I.356; S II.196, 206, 208; V.89; A I.50, 83, 95; III.4 sq., 352; IV.11; V.123 sq... - anottappa (nt.) lack of conscience, unscrupulousness, disregard of morality A I.50, 83, 95; III.421; V.146, 214...
-gāravatā respect for conscience, A III.331; IV.29.
-dhana the treasure of (moral) self-control D III.163, 251, 282...
-bala the power of a (good) conscience D III.253...

Ottappati [ut + tappati1] to feel a sense of guilt, to be conscious or afraid of evil S I.154; Ps II.169, 176...

Ottappin and Ottāpin (adj.) [fr. ottappa] afraid of wrong, conscientious, scrupulous (a) ottappin D III.252, 282... - (b) ottāpin M I.43 sq.; S II.159 sq., 196, 207; IV.243 sq.; A II.13 sq.; III.3 sq., 112; IV.1 sq.; V.123, 146. Anottappin bold, reckless, unscrupulous.... anottāpin at S II.159 sq., 195, 206; IV. 240 sq....


PTS: GS.III.I.I.ii: And what, monks, is the power of the fear of blame?
Herein, monks, the Ariyan disciple is afraid of blame; he is afraid of the blame that comes when acting wrongly in deed, word and thought; on entering on an evil and wrong states. This, monks, is called the power of the fear of blame.


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