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Three Kinds of Children

This was said by the Buddha, the Perfected One: that is what I heard.


“These three kinds of children are found in the world. What three? One who betters their birth, one who equals their birth, one who fails their birth.


And how does a child better their birth? It’s when a child’s parents have not gone for refuge to the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha. They kill living creatures, steal, commit sexual misconduct, lie, and use alcoholic drinks that cause negligence. They’re immoral, of bad character. But their child has gone for refuge to the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha. They don’t kill living creatures, steal, commit sexual misconduct, lie, or take alcoholic drinks that cause negligence. They’re ethical, of good character. That’s how a child betters their birth.



And how does a child equal their birth? It’s when a child’s parents have gone for refuge to the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha. They don’t kill living creatures, steal, commit sexual misconduct, lie, or take alcoholic drinks that cause negligence. They’re ethical, of good character. And their child has gone for refuge to the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha. They don’t kill living creatures, steal, commit sexual misconduct, lie, or take alcoholic drinks that cause negligence. They’re ethical, of good character. That’s how a child equals their birth.


And how does a child fail their birth? It’s when a child’s parents have gone for refuge to the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha. They don’t kill living creatures, steal, commit sexual misconduct, lie, or take alcoholic drinks that cause negligence. They’re ethical, of good character. But their child has not gone for refuge to the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha. They kill living creatures, steal, commit sexual misconduct, lie, and use alcoholic drinks that cause negligence. They’re immoral, of bad character. That’s how a child fails their birth. These are the three kinds of children found in the world.”


The Buddha spoke this matter. On this it is said:


“The astute wish for a child

who betters or equals their birth;

not one who fails their birth,

disgracing their family.


These are the children in the world

who become lay devotees;

faithful, accomplished in ethics,

bountiful, rid of stinginess.

Like the moon freed from a cloud,

they shine in the assemblies.”


This too is a matter that was spoken by the Blessed One: that is what I heard.


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Feb 05
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Sadhu Khanoi

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Oct 09, 2023
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Sadhu

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Oct 09, 2023
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Sadhu khaoi

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Thonglouane Keorajavongsay
Sep 15, 2023

🙏🙏🙏 for the Buddha’s words kanoi

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