AN 5.177 (A iii 208)
Vaṇijjā Sutta
— Trades —

The Buddha specifies here five trades which should not be carried on by his lay followers, among which the business of meat.

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Pañcimā, bhikkhave, vaṇijjā upāsakena akaraṇīyā. Katamā pañca?

Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five?

Sattha·vaṇijjā, satta·vaṇijjā, maṃsa·vaṇijjā, majja·vaṇijjā, visa·vaṇijjā. Imā kho, bhikkhave, pañca vaṇijjā upāsakena akaraṇīyā ti.

Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison. These are the five types of business that a lay follower should not engage in.

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1. human beings: satta means actually any living being. Probably a mistake from the translator.

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Access to Insight, 3 July 2010.

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