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AN 9.23 Taṇhāmūlakasutta: Rooted in Craving

“Mendicants, I will teach you about nine things rooted in craving. And what are the nine things rooted in craving?

  1. Craving is a cause of seeking.
  2. Seeking is a cause of gaining material possessions.
  3. Gaining material possessions is a cause of assessing.
  4. Assessing is a cause of desire and lust.
  5. Desire and lust is a cause of attachment.
  6. Attachment is a cause of ownership.
  7. Ownership is a cause of stinginess.
  8. Stinginess is a cause of safeguarding.
  9. Owing to safeguarding, many bad, unskillful things come to be:
    • taking up the rod and the sword,
    • quarrels,
    • arguments, and
    • fights,
    • accusations,
    • divisive speech,
    • and lies.

These are the nine things rooted in craving.”


Read this translation of Aṅguttara Nikāya 9.23 Taṇhāmūlakasutta: Rooted in Craving by Bhikkhu Sujato on SuttaCentral.net. Or listen on Voice.SuttaCentral.net. Or explore the Pali on DigitalPaliReader.online.