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XIX:7 Who is a bhikkhu?

Once there was a brahmin who was in the habit of going round for alms. One day, he thought, 'It is a common belief that one who lives by going round for alms is a bhikkhu. That being so, I should also be called a bhikkhu.' So thinking, he told the Buddha that he should also be called a bhikkhu. The Buddha replied, 'Brahmin, I don't call one a bhikkhu simply because he goes round for almsfood. One who professes false views and acts unwholesomely is not a bhikkhu. Only he who lives meditating on the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and insubstantiality of the aggregates is to be called a bhikkhu.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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