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Cundī (Sutta)

Cundī.– A princess. She visited the Buddha at the Kalaṇḍakanivāpa in Veḷuvana, and he taught her the Cundī Sutta (A.iii.35 f). According to the Commentary (AA.ii.596), she was the daughter of Bimbisāra. The king gave her five hundred chariots for the use of herself and her companions. She was one of the three women who received this gift from their fathers, the others being Visākhā and the princess Sumanā. Cundī’s brother was Cunda. Her name occurs in a list of eminent female lay disciples (upāsikā). A.iv.347.

Cundī Sutta.– Cundī visits the Buddha and tells him that, according to her brother, Cunda, those who take refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Saṅgha and refrain from the taking of life, from taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, lying and taking intoxicants, will be born in a happy condition after death. She wishes to know more of this. The Buddha explains to her that the Tathāgata is the best of beings, the Doctrine, which leads to nibbāna, is the best of teachings, the Tathāgata’s Order is the best field of merit, and of virtues, those beloved by Noble Ones are the best. A.iii.35 f.

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