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Devadatta Sutta

1. Devadatta Sutta.– Brahmā Sahampati visits the Buddha at Gijjhakūṭa soon after Devadatta had left the Order, and utters the stanza contained in No.2 below. S.i.153.

2. Devadatta Sutta.– Taught to the monks at Gijjhakūṭa soon after Devadatta left the Order. Love of gain, favours and flattery came upon Devadatta for his undoing, like fruit to a plantain or a bamboo tree, etc. A.ii.73; see No.1 above; cp. Vin.ii.187 f and S.ii.242.

3. Devadattavipatti Sutta.– Taught in the same circumstances as the above. It gives eight reasons for Devadatta’s downfall, and urges upon the monks the necessity for reflection on the good and bad fortune which overtake oneself and others from time to time. A.iv.160 f; cp. Vin.ii.202.

4. Devadatta Sutta.– “Bhikkhus, overcome with his mind obsessed by three kinds of wickedness, Devadatta will inevitably go to a state of misery, to hell, for the duration of the aeon. What are the three? Overcome with his mind obsessed by evil desires …; overcome with his mind obsessed by evil friends …; and although there was more that should have been done, he stopped halfway through gaining a trifling attainment of distinction. These, bhikkhus, are the three.” (Sutta Central). Iti.85.

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