chapter  28
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Right Purpose

Monks, what is right purpose? The purpose to be free from craving, the purpose not to harm, the

purpose not to be cruel - this, monks, is called right purpose.

The formulation in Pali is negative, and we have translated accordingly. It should, however, not be forgotten that negative formulations of this type have a positive meaning: independence, kindness, compassion. In Buddhism, purpose and will as basic traits of character are considered very important. A word for this is sankappa. Our quotation defines the core of Buddhist ethics.