ItivuttakaItv 50 Mūla Sutta
Roots of Unwholesome

The Buddha explains the three unwholesome roots.

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

“Monks, there are three unwholesome roots. What three? Greed is an unwholesome root, hatred is an unwholesome root, and delusion is an unwholesome root. Monks, these are the three unwholesome roots.

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

The evil-minded person is harmed by greed, hatred, and delusion that arise within him, as the bamboo tree which has bark as its very core is destroyed by its own fruit. “

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

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Itivuttaka 50 Mūla Sutta: Roots of Unwholesome

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