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Monks, there are these three roots of what is unskillful. Which three? Greed is a root of what is unskillful, aversion is a root of what is unskillful, delusion is a root of what is unskillful.

These are the three roots of what is unskillful.

Now, there are these three roots of what is skillful. Which three? Lack of greed is a root of what is skillful, lack of aversion is a root of what is skillful, lack of delusion is a root of what is skillful.

In a person like this, evil, unskillful qualities born of greed… born of aversion… born of delusion have been abandoned, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. He dwells in ease right in the here-&-now — feeling unthreatened, placid, unfeverish — and is unbound right in the here-&-now.

These are the three roots of what is skillful.


……(these are four small parts of the Mulla Sutta; Roots. The Sutta in its entirety goes into much greater detail.)
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In total, there are 250 precepts for monks and 348 for nuns.
Aren’t we fortunate that there are only three roots of unskillfulness?!

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3 responses »

  1. Lovely. The precepts are behavioural details of the three roots of unskillfulness… because we just don’t get it unless it’s spelled out! 🙂

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