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Siṅgālamātā Therī

She belonged to a millionaire’s family in Rājagaha and, after marriage, had a son called Siṅgāla. She heard the Buddha teach and entered the Order. She was full of faith, and, when she went to hear the Buddha teach, would gaze at his beauty of personality. The Buddha, realising her nature, taught so that her faith might reach its culmination, and, in due course, she became an Arahant. Later she was declared chief of nuns who had attained release by faith (saddhādhimuttānaṃ).

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha she belonged to a minister’s family, and once went with her father to hear the Buddha teach. Full of faith, she entered the Order, and, hearing a nun declared foremost of those who had faith, she wished for similar eminence (A.i.25; AA.i.206 f).

According to the Apadāna (Ap.ii.603 f), she was the mother of Siṅgāla(-ka), to whom the Buddha taught the sutta regarding the worship of the directions (evidently the Siṅgālovāda Sutta). She heard the discourse and became a Stream-winner.

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