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Skillful and Unskillful

Great Middle Way

sariputta.jpg.w180h328When a disciple of the Noble Ones discerns what is unskillful, discerns the root of what is unskillful, discerns what is skillful, and discerns the root of what is skillful, it is to that extent that he is a person of Right View, one whose view is made straight, who is endowed with verified confidence in the Dharma, and who has arrived at this true Dharma.

Now what is unskillful? Taking life is unskillful, taking what is not given is unskillful, sexual misconduct is unskillful, lying is unskillful, abusive speech is unskillful, divisive tale-bearing is unskillful, idle chatter is unskillful. Covetousness is unskillful, ill will is unskillful, wrong views are unskillful. These things are termed unskillful.

And what are the roots of what is unskillful? Attachment is a root of what is unskillful, aversion is a root of what is unskillful, indifference is a root of what is unskillful. These…

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