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Samiddhi Sutta

1. Samiddhi Sutta.– The story of a nymph who tried to tempt Samiddhi Thera. The story is similar to the introductory story of the Samiddhi Jātaka, but the discussion between Samiddhi and the devatā is given at greater length. When Samiddhi told her of his aim in leading the religious life, she wished to know more of the Buddha’s teaching, and asked him to find an opportunity for her to see the Buddha. This Samiddhi did, and the Buddha taught her. S.i.8 ff.

2. Samiddhi Sutta.– Describes the unsuccessful attempt of Māra to frighten Samiddhi Thera (q.v.) Māra made a tremendous noise near him, and Samiddhi sought the Buddha’s advice. The Buddha explained to him that the noise was made by Māra, and the next time he came Samiddhi challenged him to do his worst. S.i.119 f.

3. Paṭhama Samiddhi Mārapañha Sutta.– Taught at the Kalandakanivāpa in Veḷuvana, in reply to Samiddhi’s question as to what Māra is and what are his distinguishing qualities. S.iv.38 f.

4. Samiddhi Sattapañha Sutta.– In reply to Samiddhi’s question on the meaning of a living being (satta). S.iv.38 f.

5. Samiddhi Dukkhapañha Sutta.– In reply to Samiddhi’s question on the meaning of suffering (dukkha). S.iv.38 f.

6. Samiddhi Lokapañha Sutta.– In reply to Samiddhi’s question on the meaning of world (loka). S.iv.38 f.

7. Samiddhi Sutta.– Samiddhi (or Paviṭṭha) and Mahā-Koṭṭhika once visit Sāriputta. Sāriputta asks them: Which is the most excellent — one who has testified to the truth with body, one who has won view, or one released by faith? Paviṭṭha prefers the one released by faith, Mahā-Koṭṭhika the one who has testified to the truth with body, while Sāriputta’s preference is for the one who has won view, for in him insight is most developed.

Together they go to the Buddha and put the case before him; the Buddha tells them that it is not an easy matter to decide. A.i.118 f.

8. Samiddhi Sutta.– Records a lesson given by Sāriputta to Samiddhi on purposive thoughts (saṅkappavitakkā). A.iv.385 f.


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