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Candala Sutta

The Outcaste

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower. Which five? He/she does not have conviction in the Buddha's Awakening; is un-virtuous; is eager for protective charms and ceremonies; trusts protective charms and ceremonies, not kamma; and searches for recipients of his/her offerings outside of the Sangha, and gives offerings there first. Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower.

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower. Which five? He/she has conviction; is virtuous; is not eager for protective charms and ceremonies; trusts kamma, not protective charms and ceremonies; does not search for recipients of his/her offerings outside of the Sangha, and gives offerings here first. Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower."

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