Punna

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Venerable Puṇṇa
Religion Buddhism
Lineage Brahmin
Religious career
Teacher Buddha

Puṇṇa (Sanskrit Purna, Chinese: 滿慈子; pinyin: Mǎncízǐ), was an arhat and one of the ten principal disciples of Gautama Buddha.

Legends

When asked by the Buddha what he would think if people were to assault or kill him, each time Puṇṇa explained how he would find himself fortunate. As a result, the Buddha commended Puṇṇa on his self-control and peacefulness. Puṇṇa went on to establish a thousand lay followers in the Buddha's teaching. Upon Puṇṇa's death, the Buddha discerned that Puṇṇa had attained final Nibbana.[1]

References

  1. ^ This entire account is from Samyutta Nikaya, Chapter 35, Sutta No. 88, "To Puṇṇa" (Bodhi, 2000, pp. 1167-69; Thanissaro, 1997).

Bibliography

  • Bodhi, Bhikkhu (trans.) (2000b). The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya. Boston: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-331-1.
  • Thanissaro Bhikkhu (trans.) (1997). Punna Sutta: To Punna (SN 35.88). Available on-line at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.088.than.html.

External links

  • "Punna" in the Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names.


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