Talks March 21, 2019 | 54 min.

Meeting the Buddha: Commentary on Sutta (MN 140, The Exposition of the Elements)

Sharda Rogell

This story is about a monk named Pukkusāti, who was formerly a king named Takkasilā. King Takkasilā was a friend of King Bimbisāra of Magadha, who was very devoted to the Buddha. When Pukkusāti was still king, Bimbisāra sent him a golden plate that was inscribed with the three Refuges and various aspects of the Dharma, and when the king read what was written on the plate, he was filled with joy and he decided to renounce his kingdom and go into homelessness. So Pukkusāti was on his way to join a meeting with the Buddha, but had never met him, and when the Buddha asked to stay the night in a potter’s workshop where Pukkusāti was staying, Pukkusāti didn’t recognize him.

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