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XIX:2 Those who disturb others are not wise*

Once there was a group of bhikkhus who always caused trouble at mealtimes, whether they were in the monastery or in the village. One day, those bhikkhus harassed some samaneras and said boastfully, 'Look! We alone are intelligent. We alone are wise.' Then they started behaving in an unruly manner and left the monastery in a mess. When the Buddha was told about this, he said, 'Bhikkhus! I don't say that one who talks too much, abuses or bullies others is a wise man. Only he who is free from hatred and harms no one is a wise man.'

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

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