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RaṠṠhapāla


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An Arhat.said to be chief among those who renounce the world through faith (Pāli, saddhāpabbajita). He came from a wealthy family and his parents refused permission for him to become a monk until he threatened to starve himself to death. They reluctantly agreed, on condition that he return after being ordained. He soon attained arhatship and returned to his parents but was unrecognized and reviled. When his identity was revealed his father tried to tempt him back to lay life with a lavish display of wealth, and his beautiful wives were paraded before him. Raṭṭhapāla, remaining steadfast, preached a sermon on the futility of wealth and the snares of beauty before leaving.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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