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13 Makkhapariñña Sutta
Fully Understanding Contempt

One who fully knows and understands contempt is capable of putting an end to suffering.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard:

“Monks, one who has not fully known contempt and fully understood it with insight, whose mind has not been cleansed of passion for contempt and has not abandoned it, is incapable of putting an end to suffering. But one who has fully known and fully understood contempt, whose mind has been cleansed of passion for contempt and has abandoned it, is capable of putting an end to suffering.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

Beings with contempt, who disparage the good qualities of others, will be reborn in the plane of misery. But having understood contempt with developed wisdom, those with insight abandon it. By abandoning it, they never return to this world.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 13 Makkhapariñña Sutta: Fully Understanding Contempt

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