Visuddhimagga I-21

Evaṃ lakkhaṇassa panassa –

Dussīlyaviddhaṃsanatā , anavajjaguṇo tathā;

Kiccasampattiatthena, raso nāma pavuccati.



Ñ(I,21): While such is its characteristic:

Its function has a double sense:

Action to stop misconduct, then

Achievement as the quality

Of blamelessness in virtuous men.

Tasmā idaṃ sīlaṃ nāma kiccaṭṭhena rasena dussīlyaviddhaṃsanarasaṃ, sampattiatthena rasena anavajjarasanti veditabbaṃ. Lakkhaṇādīsu hi kiccameva sampatti vā rasoti vuccati.


Ñ: So what is called virtue should be understood to have the function (nature) of stopping misconduct as its function (nature) in the sense of action, and a blameless function (nature) as its function (nature) in the sense of achievement. For under [these headings of] characteristic, etc., it is action (kicca) or it is achievement (sampatti) that is called 'function' (rasa—nature).

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