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Saṁyutta Nikāya 3.2 Purisa Sutta
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What three things inside of us cause our suffering?

At the city of Sāvatthī…

One day King Pasenadi went up to the Buddha, bowed respectfully, sat down to one side, and said to the Buddha, “Bhante, how many things arise inside a person for his harm, suffering, and discomfort?”

“Great king, three things arise inside a person for his harm, suffering, and discomfort. What three? Greed, hate, and delusion. These three things arise inside a person for their harm, suffering, and discomfort.”

The Buddha:

“Greed, hate, and delusion arise inside oneself; these evil thoughts harm that person. It is exactly like a tree destroyed by its own fruit.”1

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