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Pesakāradhītuvatthu

The story of a weaver’s daughter of Āḷavi. She heard the Buddha teach at the Aggāḷava-cetiya on the necessity of meditating constantly on the inevitability of death and, though she was only sixteen, she was the only one to profit by the discourse. Three years later the Buddha again visited Āḷavi. The citizens entertained him, but the Buddha would not teach his thanksgiving discourse until the weaver’s daughter, having finished the tasks required of her by her father, was able to be present. On her arrival the Buddha asked her questions so that her wisdom might be known to the assembled populace, and, at the conclusion of the Buddha’s discourse, she became a Stream-winner. That same day she was killed by an accident with her father’s loom, and her father joined the Order, attaining Arahantship in due course. DhA.iii.170‑6.

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