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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
XXI: Kara-Ja-Kāya-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
XXI: The Body Born of Deeds

Sutta 204

Visārada Suttaɱ

Diffident and Confident

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

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[288] [186]

[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

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

"Monks, characterized by ten qualities a woman lay-follower dwells at home with diffidence.[1]

What ten?

Herein a certain one takes life,
takes what is not given,
in sexual desires
she is a wrong-doer,
she is a liar,
she is a slanderer,
she is of harsh speech,
she is given to idle babble,
she is covetous,
she is malevolent of heart,
she has wrong view.

Characterized by these ten qualities
a woman lay-follower dwells at home with diffidence.

Characterized by ten qualities, monks,
a woman lay-follower dwells at home with confidence.

What ten?

Herein a certain one takes life,
takes what is not given,
in sexual desires
she is a wrong-doer,
she is a liar,
she is a slanderer,
she is of harsh speech,
she is given to idle babble,
she is covetous,
she is malevolent of heart,
she has wrong view.

Characterized by these ten qualities
a woman lay-follower dwells at home with confidence."

 


[1] Visāradā.


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