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Vāseṭṭha Sutta

1. Vāseṭṭha Sutta.– The young brahmins, Vāseṭṭha and Bhāradvāja, fell to discussing one day, at Icchānaṅgala, as to what makes a true brahmin. Bhāradvāja maintained that it was pure descent from seven generations of ancestors, with neither break nor blemish in the lineage, whereas Vāseṭṭha contended that virtue and moral behaviour made a true brahmin. As neither could convince the other, they agreed to refer the matter to the Buddha, who said it was not birth but deeds that made the true brahmin. M.ii.196 ff. It also occurs as the ninth sutta of the Mahā Vagga of the Suttanipāta. Many of the verses are included in the Brāhmaṇa Vagga of the Dhammapada.

2. Vāseṭṭha Sutta.– The lay disciple Vāseṭṭha visits the Buddha at the Kūṭāgārasālā in Vesāli and states that it would be a good thing for them, for many a day, if his kinsmen, brahmins, trades folk, labourers, etc., kept the uposatha with the eightfold qualifications. The Buddha agrees, and says, further, that it would be good if not only gods and men but even the trees were to keep it. A.iv.258.

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