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Aṅguttara Nikāya
VIII. Navaka Nipāta
III. Satt'Āvāsa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
VIII. The Book of the Nines
Chapter III: Spheres of Beings

Sutta 29

Āghāta-Vatthu Suttaɱ

Strife (a)

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Savatthī, at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park
there the Exalted One said this to the Monks:

"Monks, there are these nine bases of strife.[1]

What nine?

(The thought):

'He has done me harm' - stirs up[2] strife;

so also the thoughts:

'He is doing me harm;'

'he will do me harm;'

'he has done harm to a dear and loved one of mine;'

'he is doing harm to such an one;'

'he will do harm to him;'

'he has done good to one who is not dear or loved by me;'

'he is doing good to such an one;'

'he will do good to him.'

These, monks, are the nine bases of strife."


[1] Cf. D. iii, 262, 289; A. v, 150.

[2] Bandhati, cf. to baste (in its double meaning). Comy. glosses: karoti, uppādeti.


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