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Mahānāma Sutta

1. Paṭhama, Dutiya Mahānāma Sutta.– Mahānāma the Sakyan visits the Buddha at Nigrodhārāma and confesses his worry as to where he would be reborn if he were to meet with an accident while passing through the crowded streets of Kapilavatthu! The Buddha assures him that he need not distress himself as he has for long practised faith and virtue, learning, renunciation and insight. His mind will soar aloft like a jar of ghee (sappi) or of oil (telaṃ), broken in a deep pool of water, where the fragments of the jar will sink, but the ghee and the oil will float. S.v.369‑371.

2. Mahānāma Sutta.– The circumstances are similar to those of the above sutta. The noble disciple, possessed of unwavering loyalty to the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Saṅgha, and who cultivates virtues dear to the Noble Ones, such a one is destined to nibbāna. Mahānāma is such a one. S.v.371; 404.

3. Mahānāma Sutta.– See the Godhasaka Sutta.

4. Mahānāma Sutta.– Mahānāma asks the Buddha, at Nigrodhārāma, as to how a man becomes a disciple, how virtuous and a believer, how far is he given to generosity and blessed with insight? The Buddha answers his questions. S.v.395 f.

5. Mahānāma Sakka Sutta.– Mahānāma visits the Buddha at Nigrodhārāma, where he was convalescing, and questions him regarding knowledge and concentration. Ānanda, wishing to save the Buddha’s strength, takes Mahānāma aside and talks to him of morality (sīla), concentration (samādhi), and wisdom (paññā), both of the learner (sekha) and of the adept (asekha). A.i.219 f.

6. Mahānāma Sutta.– The Buddha tells Mahānāma, in answer to his question, that the noble disciple who has won the fruit (āgataphala) and grasped the teaching (viññātasāsana), lives a life of abundance, his mind occupied with thoughts of the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Saṅgha, the virtues he practises, his liberality and the devas. Thus among uneven folk he lives evenly and untroubled. A.iii.284 ff.

7. Mahānāma Sutta.– On six qualities that are developed in a monk who is faithful, energetic, mindful, concentrated and wise. His thoughts dwell on the Tathāgata, the Dhamma and the Saṅgha, on his own generosity and on the devas. Thus his mind is free from thoughts of ill-will, lust, folly; it is direct, And he realises the meaning (attha), and dhamma, and the joy associated with dhamma; his body is serene and his mind filled with joy. A.v.328 ff; cp. No.5 above.

8. Mahānāma Sutta.– Very similar to sutta No.7. A.v.332 ff.