Itivuttaka: The Buddha’s Sayings

The Section of the Threes

50. Roots

This was said by the Lord …

“Bhikkhus, there are these three unwholesome roots. What three? The unwholesome root greed, the unwholesome root hate, and the unwholesome root delusion. These are the three.”

Greed and hate and delusion,
Arisen from within himself,
Harm an evil-minded person
As its own fruit destroys the bamboo tree.