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Kesakārī

A brahmin maiden of Bārāṇasī. Having seen a young monk begging alms, she asked her mother why men in the prime of life should renounce the world. Her mother told her of the appearance of the Buddha in the world.

A disciple (upāsaka) who heard the conversation told her more of the Buddha and taught her the three refuges (tisaraṇa) and the five precepts (pañcasīla). Later he told her of the nature of the body, and she, reflecting thereon, became a Stream-winner (sotāpanna).

After death she became one of Sakka’s women-attendants, and her story was related to Mahā-Moggallāna by Sakka. Vv.i.17; VvA.86 f.

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