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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 5

Ayoniso Suttaɱ

The Fool (5)

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

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

What three?

He is maker of a question without due consideration,
he is answerer to a question without due consideration.

When another gives answer to a question in well-rounded periods,[1]
in language polished and to the point,
he is not pleased thereat.

These are the three characteristics
by which a fool may be known.

 

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Monks, by three characteristics
a wise man is to be known.

What three?

He is maker of a question with due consideration,
he is answerer to a question with due consideration.

When another gives answer to a question in well-rounded periods,
in language polished and to the point,
he is pleased thereat.

These are the three characteristics
by which a wise man may be known.

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."

 


[1] Parimaṇḍalehi pada-vyañjanehi.


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