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Aṅguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
VIII: Ākaṅkha-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
VIII: On Wishes

Sutta 78

Nigaṇṭha Suttaɱ

The Unclothed[1]

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, the Unclothed are possessed
of these ten qualities
contrary to Dhamma.

What ten?

The Unclothed are unbelievers,
they are no comrades of the very man,[2] they exalt self and depreciate others.

[102] The Unclothed wrongly handle things temporal,[3]
they tightly grip
and refuse to let go of them.

The Unclothed are rogues, monks,
of evil desires,
of perverse views.

These are the ten qualities
contrary to Dhamma
possessed by the Unclothed."


[1] The Jains or naked ascetics, of whom the chief was Nātaputta.

[2] Sappurisa; cf, p. 70 n.

[3] Sandiṭṭhi-parāmasā; cf. A. iii, 333; M. i, 43, 96, 402.

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