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Pabbajjā Sutta

1. Pabbajjā Sutta.– The first sutta of the Mahā Vagga of the Suttanipāta.

When Gotama, after leaving home, entered Giribbaja (Rājagaha) for alms, Bimbisāra saw him and sent messengers to discover his whereabouts. They reported that Gotama was taking his meal under the shadow of the Paṇḍava-pabbata. There Bimbisāra visited him and requested him to share his kingdom. Gotama told Bimbisāra of his antecedents, that he was a Sākyan of Kosala and had renounced all pleasures, seeing ill in them (SN.vs.405‑24).

Buddhaghosa explains (SNA.ii.381) that the Sutta was taught by Ānanda at Jetavana, because he desired to give an account of the renunciation of the Buddha, similar to that of Sāriputta and others. The Commentary adds (p.386) that at the end of the talk with the Buddha, Bimbisāra asked him to visit Rājagaha as soon as he had attained Enlightenment.

2. Pabbajjā Sutta.– On how a monk should develop and cultivate his mind, filling it with thoughts of how to get rid of evil, of thoughts of transience, selflessness, etc. A.v.107 f.

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