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Vaṇijjā Sutta

1. Vaṇijjā Sutta.– The Buddha explains to Sāriputta, in answer to his question, why it is that some people succeed in their trade and others do not, while in the case of yet others they prosper even beyond their hopes. A.ii.81 f.

2. Vaṇijjā Sutta.– The five trades that should not be plied by a lay devotee: trade in weapons (satthavaṇijjā), human beings (sattavaṇijjā),¹ flesh (maṃsavaṇijjā), spirits (majjavaṇijjā), poisons (visavaṇijjā). A.iii.208.

¹ The commentary says, “selling human beings (manussavikkayo).” The trade in other living beings is covered by trade in flesh (maṃsavaṇijjā), which the Commentary explains as, “Having raised pigs or deer, then selling them (sūkaramigādayo posetvā tesaṃ vikkayo).” Selling them for meat, is what one should assume here. Raising animals to keep as pets, for work, for show, or for recreation would not be a wrong livelihood (ed.)

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