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Vaṅgīsa Sutta

1. Vaṅgīsa Sutta.– Taught by the Buddha at Aggāḷava-cetiya. Vaṅgīsa’s teacher, Nigrodha Kappa Thera, had just died there, and Vaṅgīsa asks the Buddha if he had attained nibbāna. Vaṅgīsa’s question is really a poem in itself, containing ten verses, in praise of the Buddha. The Buddha says that Nigrodhakappa has won nibbāna, because he had severed all the bonds of Māra. Vaṅgīsa then declares that Nigrodhakappa attained that state because he followed the Buddha’s teaching. SN. pp.59 ff; the verses of the sutta are included in the Theragāthā (1263‑79).

In the Commentary (SNA.i.345) the sutta is called Nigrodha Kappa Sutta.

2. Vaṅgīsa Sutta.– A set of ten verses, spoken by Vaṅgīsa Thera at Jetavana, soon after winning Arahantship, as he sat experiencing the bliss of emancipation. He congratulates himself on having become a disciple of the Buddha. S.i.196; the verses are included in Thag.1253‑62.

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