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Itivuttaka 5 Makkha Sutta
Contempt

Abandoning contempt can bring much happiness and lead to non-returning.

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

“Abandon one quality, monks, and I guarantee you non-returning. What is that one quality? Contempt is that one quality, monks. Abandon that, and I guarantee you non-returning.”

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

Beings with contempt who destroy 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.1

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

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Itivuttaka 5 Makkha Sutta: Contempt

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