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XVIII: 11 The fault-finding monk (Ujjhana Sanni)

Venerable Ujjhana Sanni was always finding fault and speaking ill of others. The matter was reported to the Buddha who said, 'Bhikkhus, if someone finds fault with another so as to teach him good ways, it is not an act of evil and is therefore not blameable. But, if someone is always finding fault with others and speaking ill of them just out of spite and malice, he will not attain concentration and mental absorption (jhana). He will not be able to understand the Dhamma, and moral defilements (asavas) will increase in him.'

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