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Training Rules (2nd)—Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 4

24. Deeds

236. Training Rules (2nd)

1.1“Mendicants, I declare these four kinds of deeds, having realized them with my own insight. 1.2What four?

  1. 1.3There are dark deeds with dark results;
  2. 1.4bright deeds with bright results;
  3. 1.5dark and bright deeds with dark and bright results; and
  4. 1.6neither dark nor bright deeds with neither dark nor bright results, which lead to the ending of deeds.

2.1And what are dark deeds with dark results? 2.2It's when someone murders their mother or father or a perfected one. They maliciously shed the blood of a Realized One. Or they cause a schism in the Saṅgha. 2.3These are called dark deeds with dark results.

3.1And what are bright deeds with bright results? 3.2It’s when someone doesn’t kill living creatures, steal, or commit sexual misconduct. They don’t use speech that’s false, divisive, harsh, or nonsensical. And they’re content, kind-hearted, with right view. 3.3These are called bright deeds with bright results.

4.1And what are dark and bright deeds with dark and bright results? 4.2It’s when someone makes both hurtful and pleasing choices by way of body, speech, and mind. These are called dark and bright deeds with dark and bright results.

5.1And what are neither dark nor bright deeds with neither dark nor bright results, which lead to the ending of deeds? 5.2It’s the intention to give up dark deeds with dark results, bright deeds with bright results, and both dark and bright deeds with both dark and bright results. These are called neither dark nor bright deeds with neither dark nor bright results, which lead to the ending of deeds. 5.3These are the four kinds of deeds that I declare, having realized them with my own insight.”