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AN.IV.188 Upaka Sutta Upaka says he believes that someone who perpetuates abusive gossip he has heard but fails to make his case should be held blameworthy. The Buddha agrees with him and says that should Upaka do such a thing, he too would be guilty of such an offense. Upaka admits the Buddha has caught him out (he is a follower of Devadatta) just like the prey caught by a hunter with a lasso as soon as it sticks its head out. The Buddha says that he has already defined what is meant by:
1. unwholesomeness;
2. to refrain from unwholesomeness;
3. wholesomeness, and;
4. to cultivate wholesomeness.
When Upaka repeated this incident to King Ajaatasattu he was scolded for thinking to deviate from the Buddha.
35/461 Catukanipaata Catuttha Pa.n.naasaka A"nguttara A.ii.


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