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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
XVIII. Upāsaka Vaggo

Sutta 175

Upāsaka Caṇḍāla Suttaɱ

The Outcaste

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Proofed against and modified in accordance with the revised edition at dhammatalks.org
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Translator's note

This discourse lists — first in negative and then in positive form — the basic requirements for being a Buddhist lay follower in good standing.

 


 

[1][pts] "Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower,
a stain of a lay follower,
a dregs of a lay follower.

Which five?

He/she does not have conviction
[in the Buddha's Awakening];
is unvirtuous;
is eager for protective charms and ceremonies;
trusts protective charms and ceremonies,
not kamma;
and searches for recipients of his/her offerings
outside (of the Saŋgha),
and gives offerings there first.

Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower,
a stain of a lay follower,
a dregs of a lay follower.

 

§

 

"Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower,
a lotus of a lay follower,
a fine flower of a lay follower.

Which five?

He/she has conviction;
is virtuous;
is not eager for protective charms and ceremonies;
trusts kamma,
not protective charms and ceremonies;
does not search for recipients of his/her offerings
outside (of the Saŋgha),
and gives offerings here first.

Endowed with these five qualities,
a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower,
a lotus of a lay follower,
a fine flower of a lay follower."

 


 

Of Related Interest:

SN 3:24;
AN 5:179;
AN 8:26;
AN 8:54;
AN 10:176

 


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