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The Noble Path —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 4

24. Deeds

237. The Noble Path

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 makes hurtful choices by way of body, speech, and mind. These are called dark deeds with dark results.

3.1And what are bright deeds with bright results? 3.2It’s when someone makes pleasing choices by way of body, speech, and mind. These 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? 5.2Right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right immersion. 5.3These are called neither dark nor bright deeds with neither dark nor bright results, which lead to the ending of deeds.

5.4These are the four kinds of deeds that I declare, having realized them with my own insight.”