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Channa Sutta

1. Channa Sutta.– Records the visit of the wanderer Channa to Ānanda at Sāvatthi. He asks Ānanda why the Buddha teaches the abandonment of lust (rāga), anger (dosa), and delusion (moha). Ānanda explains and Channa goes away satisfied (A.i.215 f).

2. Channa Sutta.– Channa Thera goes from cell to cell in the monastery at Isipatana, asking the Elders to teach him the Dhamma. Finding that their teachings do not help him in getting rid of craving, he visits Ānanda at the Ghositārāma. Ānanda praises Channa for his new-found humility, and repeats to him a discourse which he (Ānanda) had heard the Buddha teach the monk Kacchānagotta, dealing with the Law of Dependent Origination (paṭiccasamuppāda).

Channa expresses his delight with the exposition of Ānanda (S.iii.132 ff). The Commentary (SA.ii.231 f) says that this account refers to Channa, the companion of the Buddha. After the infliction on him of the Brahmadaṇḍa, he was greatly affected, and wandered from place to place. In the course of these wanderings he came to Bārāṇasī.

3. Channa Sutta.– Records the incidents in connection with the suicide of Channa Thera (2). S.iv.55 f; SA.iii.12; cf. M.iii.263 ff.

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