Sutta Name Nikaya Vagga Academic PTS PSA Plae Keywords Notes
Subha Majjhima Majjhimapa.n.naasa, Braahmana Vagga MN.099 M.ii.196-209 21/428 mind-reading, brahmavihara Subha admits to the Buddha that none of the Brahmins or the early sages had fully discerned and realized the qualities laid down by them for the attainment of merit and the achievement of right. He quotes Pokkharasati as saying that those who like Gotama profess to transcend ordinary human beings and rise to the heights of Ariyan knowledge are idle boasters. The Buddha retorts that Pokkharasati cannot even read the thoughts of his slave-girl Punnika. The Buddha then convinces Subha that he has discovered the way to union with Brahma and at his request, teaches him this way, as being the four Brahma-viharas. Subha acknowledges himself the Buddha’s follower.

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