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Vitakka Sutta

1. Vitakka Sutta.– Thoughts of lust, hatred, and delusion are unprofitable. Thoughts of ill, its cause, etc., are concerned with profit. S.v.417.

2. Vitakka Sutta.– Thoughts of sense desire (kāmavitakka) are got rid of by renunciation (nekkhammavitakka), thoughts of ill-will (byāpādavitakka) by thoughts of kindness (abyāpādavitakka) and thoughts of harm (vihiṃsāvitakka) by thoughts of compassion (avihiṃsāvitakka). A.iii.446.

3. Vitakka Sutta.– The Tathāgata frequently cultivates thoughts of peace (khema) and seclusion (paviveka). You, bhikkhus, should do the same. Iti.10.

4. Vitakka Sutta.– There are three kinds of unwholesome thoughts? What three? Thoughts of not being despised by others¹ (anavaññatti­paṭisaṃyutto vitakko), thoughts desiring gain, honour, and fame (lābhasakkārasilokapaṭisaṃyutto vitakko), and thoughts about the affairs of others (parānuddayatāpaṭisaṃyutto vitakko). A monk who thinks such thoughts is far from the destruction of the corruptions. Iti.72.

¹ Monks must depend on charity, and begging is often despised by others. Although devout Buddhists revere monks who live on alms, some individuals may look down on monks for their dependent mode of livelihood.

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