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Bāhitika Sutta

Taught by Ānanda to King Pasenadi at the Aciravati river.

While riding his elephant, the king sees Ānanda returning from almsround in Sāvatthi. The king sent a messenger to ask him to wait if he is not busy, then invites him to a spot on the banks of the Aciravati river, which is nearby. The king questions Ānanda on the bodily, verbal, and mental behaviour that is blameless, and Ānanda replies that it is behaviour that does not lead to the affliction of others, of oneself, or of both.

After the talk, the king offers to Ānanda an expensive cloak (bāhitaka) so fine that it can be concealed inside an umbrella handle. Ānanda reports the conversation to the Buddha, and offers the robe to him. The Buddha praises Ānanda, saying how fortunate King Pasenadi was to have a conversation with him. M.ii.113 ff.

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