Aŋguttara Nikāya


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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
I. Bāla Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

III. The Book of the Threes
I. The Fool

Sutta 4

Accaya Suttaɱ

The Fool (4)

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

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[4.1][bodh][upal] "Monks, by three characteristics
a fool is to be known.

What three?

He sees not an offence as such,
and when he sees an offence as such
he does not make amends,
but when another acknowledges his offence
he does not pardon it as he ought.

By these three things a fool may be known.

 

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Monks, by three characteristics a wise man may be known.

What three?

He sees an offence as such,
and when he sees an offence as such
he makes amends,
and when another acknowledges his offence
he pardons it as he ought.

Wherefore, monks, thus must ye train yourselves:

Abandoning those three conditions
by which the fool is to be known,
we will acquire and practice
those three conditions
by which the wise man is to be known.

That is how ye must train yourselves, monks."


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