Kisagotami Therī

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‘Thin Gotamī’, a poor woman from the town of Śrāvastī mentioned in the Pāli Canon who bore a child who died when a toddler. Distraught, she carried the dead child about with her until she met the Buddha.who asked her to bring him a mustard seed from the houses in the village where no one had died. She soon realized the quest was impossible and understood the ubiquity of death. Laying her dead child on its funeral pyre she sought ordination and in due course became an Arhat.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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