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Tāyana

A devaputta. He visited the Buddha at Sāvatthi and uttered certain verses in the hearing of the monks, telling of the necessity of following the recluse’s calling with energy and sincerity. After his departure the Buddha asked the monks to learn the verses for their own good (S.i.49).

The Commentary (SA.i.85) says that he was once a dissentient teacher, like Nanda Vaccha, Kisasaṅkicca, etc., and taught some of the sixty-two views enumerated in the Brahmajāla Sutta. By the power of good deeds and by believing in Kamma, he was reborn in the heavens. Discerning from there that at length a really saving Dhamma and Order had been founded, he came to incite the Buddha’s disciples.

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