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XVIII:8 The envious are not at peace (Tissa)

Tissa, a young novice, had a very bad habit of disparaging other people's good deeds. He even criticized the gifts given by such renowned donors like Anatha Pindika and Visakha. Besides, he boasted that his relatives were very rich and were like a well where anyone could come for water. Hearing him boast thus, other bhikkhus were very sceptical and they decided to find out the truth.

Some young bhikkhus went to his village to investigate. They found out that Tissa's relatives were all poor and that all this time Tissa had only been boasting. When the Buddha was told about this, he said 'A bhikkhu who is unhappy with others receiving gifts and offerings can never attain Insight.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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