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Doṇa Sutta

A brahmin, Doṇa (probably identical with Doṇa (1), visits the Buddha and asks if it be true that the Buddha does not honour brahmins. The Buddha tells him that there are five kinds of brahmins — the Brahma-like, the deva-like, the bound, the breaker of bonds, and the brahmin-outcast — and, at Doṇa’s request, describes these in detail (A.iii.223 ff). The classification of brahmins given in this sutta is often referred to, e.g., SNA.i.318, 325, etc.

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