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XXVI:10 A brahmana is one who has realised the Dhamma

Once, a brahmin ascetic thought that the Buddha called his disciples 'brahmana' and that being a brahmin by birth he should also be called a 'brahmana.' Thinking thus, he went to see the Buddha and put forward his view. The Buddha did not accept his view and said, 'O brahmin, I don't call one a brahmana because he keeps his hair matted or simply because of his birth. I call one a brahmana only if he fully comprehends the Four Noble Truths.'

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

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