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XXVI:4 Who is a real brahmana?

One day, a brahmin thought to himself, 'Gotama Buddha calls his disciples 'brahmana'. I am also a brahmin by caste. I should also be called a brahmana.' So thinking, he went to the Buddha and posed his question. The Buddha replied, 'I don't call one a brahmana simply because of his caste; I only call one a brahmana who has attained Arahanthood.'*

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

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