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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
XXII: Sāmañña-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
XXII: Characteristics

Sutta 211

Dutiya Suttaɱ

Twenty Qualities

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

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

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

"Monks, possessing twenty qualities
one is cast into purgatory according to his deserts.

What twenty?

Herein a certain one himself takes life,
and he encourages another to take life.

He himself takes what is not given,
and he encourages another takes what is not given.

He himself in sexual desires
is a wrong-doer,
and he encourages another in wrong-doing in sexual desires.

He himself is a liar,
and he encourages another to lie.

He himself is a slanderer,
and he encourages another to slander.

He himself is of harsh speech,
and he encourages another to slander.

He himself is given to idle babble,
and he encourages another in idle babble.

He himself is covetous,
and he encourages another covetousness.

He himself is malevolent of heart,
and he encourages another in malevolence of heart.

He himself has wrong view,
and he encourages another in wrong view.

"Monks, possessing these twenty qualities
one is cast into purgatory according to his deserts.

 

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Possessing twenty qualities
one is put into heaven according to his deserts.

What twenty?

Herein a certain one himself abstains from taking life,
and he encourages another to abstain from taking life.

He himself abstains from taking what is not given,
and he encourages another to abstain from taking what is not given.

He himself, abstains from wrong action in sexual desires,
and he encourages another to abstain from wrong action in sexual desires.

He himself abstains from lying speech,
and he encourages another to abstain from lying speech.

He himself abstains from slanderous speech,
and he encourages another to abstain from slanderous speech.

He himself abstains from harsh speech,
and he encourages another to abstain from harsh speech.

He himself abstains from idle babble,
and he encourages another to abstain from idle babble.

He himself abstains from covetousness,
and he encourages another to abstain from covetousness.

He himself abstains from malevolence of heart,
and he encourages another to abstain from malevolence of heart.

He himself has right view,
and he encourages another in right view.

Possessing these twenty qualities one is put into heaven according to his deserts.'


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