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Cunda Sutta

1. Cunda Sutta.– The fifth sutta of the Uraga Vagga of the Suttanipāta. Cunda Kammāraputta visits the Buddha in his Mango-grove in Pāvā and questions him as to how many classes of recluses there are in the world. Four, answers the Buddha — a master of the path (maggajina), a shower of the path (maggadesaka), one who lives following the path (maggajīvī), and one who defiles the path (maggadūsī) — and proceeds to explain them (SN.vs.83‑90; SNA.i.159 ff). The circumstances in which the sutta was taught are given s.v. Cunda (1).

2. Cunda Sutta.– Cunda Samaṇuddesa comes to Jetavana from Nāḷagāmaka, where he had attended Sāriputta during his last illness, and reports his death to Ānanda, producing, at the same time, Sāriputta’s bowl and outer robe and the water-strainer containing his relies. Ānanda accompanies Cunda to the Buddha, where he breaks the news. The Buddha praises Sāriputta’s attainments and takes the opportunity of emphasising the impermanence of all things. S.v.161 ff

3. Cunda Sutta (also called Mahā Cunda Sutta).– Taught by Mahā Cunda at Sahajātī to the assembled monks. Some, who are zealous about the Dhamma, speak disparagingly of those who are given to jhāna and vice versa. Sometimes it happens that those who are engaged in the Dhamma praise their fellows, and similarly with those devoted to jhāna. None of these things are profitable. Dhamma-zealots should learn to praise those eager for jhāna and vice versa (A.iii.355 f).

4. Cunda Sutta.– Mahā Cunda tells the monks at Sahajātī how it is possible to distinguish true statements from false when made by a monk about himself and his attainments (A.v.41 ff).

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