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Anāthapiṇḍikovāda Sutta

Addressed by Sāriputta to Anāthapiṇḍika when he lay on his deathbed. It was an exhortation to him not to cling to mundane things. It is said that at the end of the discourse the banker wept aloud, never before having heard such a homily. Soon after, he died and was born as a deva, in which form he came to Jetavana and paid homage to the Buddha (M.iii.258‑63).

In this sutta Sāriputta says that such discourses were not vouchsafed to the white-robed laity but reserved for the duly-ordained (M.iii.261), a statement sometimes quoted as evidence of an esoteric doctrine in Buddhism.

Anāthapiṇḍika makes a request that such suttas should also be taught laymen because there are young men whose eyes are but slightly dimmed.

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