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11.24 Accaya Sutta
The Discourse about Offence

The Buddha explains two types of fools and two types of wise people.

At Sāvatthi. At one time, two monks quarrelled, and one monk scolded the other monk loudly. Then the first monk confessed his offence to the other monk, but the second monk would not give him forgiveness.

Then a number of monks went to the Blessed One, paid homage to the Buddha, sat down to one side, and reported to the Blessed One: “Bhante, here, two monks quarreled, and one monk scolded the other monk loudly. Then the first monk confessed his offence to the other monk, but the second monk would not give him forgiveness.”

“Monks, there are two kinds of fools: one who does not see an offence as an offence; and one who, when another is confessing an offence, does not give him forgiveness according to the Dhamma. Monks, these are the two kinds of fools.

“Monks, there are two kinds of wise people: one who sees an offence as an offence; and one who, when another is confessing an offence, gives him forgiveness according to the Dhamma. Monks, these are the two kinds of wise people.

“Monks, once in the past, Sakka, Lord of the gods, gladdening the Tāvatiṁsa gods in the Sudhammā assembly hall, on that occasion recited this verse:

“‘Bring anger under your control! Do not let your friendship break! Do not blame those who are not worthy of blame! Don’t speak divisive words! Anger crushes evil people, just like a mountain crushes beings.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 11.24 Accaya Sutta: The Discourse about Offence

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