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Chapter 9

The Discourse on Layman Codes of Conduct (Sigalovada Sutta)

The main topics that are being described in the Sigalovada Sutta are as follows :-  

1.  Four Vices of Life.
     a. The destruction of life
     b. Stealing
     c. Sexual misconduct
     d. Lying

2.  Four Causes of Committing Evils.
     a. Desire (Chanda)
     b. Hatred (Dosa)
     c. Fear (Bhaya)
     d. Ignorance (Moha)

3.  The Six Channels of Dissipation of Wealth.
     a. Indulgence in intoxication    - six evil consequences 
     b. Wandering in streets at unseemly hours - six evil consequences 
     c. Frequenting theatrical shows   - six evil consequences 
     d. Indulgence in gambling    - six evil consequences 
     e. Association with evil friends   - six evil consequences 
     f.  Habit of idleness      - six evil consequences

4.  Four Kinds of Enemies in the Guise of Friends.
     a. One who associates for gain (Annadatthuhara) 
     b. One who renders lip service (Vaci parama)
     c. One who flatters (Anuppiyabhani)
     d. One who brings ruin (Apaya sakha)  

5.  Four Kinds of Real Friends.
     a. A friend who helps (Upakaraka mitta)
     b. A friend who shares the same weal and woe (Samana sukkha dukkha mitta)
     c. A friend who gives good counsel (Atthakkhayi mitta)
     d. A friend who sympathises (Anukampaka mitta)

6.  Four Ways of Managing One's wealth.
     a. First portion for day to day expenses
     b. Second portion for business
     c. Third portion for business
     d. Fourth portion for safe-keeping

7.  Six Quarters
     a. East - Parents
     b. South - Teachers
     c. West - Wife, husband and children
     d. North - Friends and associates
     e. Nadir - Employees
     f.  Zenith - Monks and Brahmins


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