SN.56.96–101. Chedanādisutta ("Mutilation, Etc.")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

“… the sentient beings who refrain from mutilation, murder, abduction, banditry, plunder, and violence are few, while those who don’t refrain are many. Why is that? It’s because they haven’t seen the four noble truths. What four? The noble truths of suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the path.

That’s why you should practice meditation …”

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