Itivuttaka: The Buddha’s Sayings

The Section of the Threes

80. Unwholesome Thoughts

This was said by the Lord…

“Bhikkhus, there are these three kinds of unwholesome thoughts. What three? A thought concerned with not being despised;a thought concerned with gain, honour, and fame; a thought concerned with involvement in the affairs of others. These, bhikkhus, are the three kinds of unwholesome thoughts.”

One concerned with not being despised,
With gain, honour, and esteem,
And who delights in companionship
Is far from the destruction of fetters.

But having abandoned sons and herds
Family life and possessions,
Such a bhikkhu can attain
Enlightenment which is supreme.