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At that time the king of Kâsi 2 sent to Gîvaka Komârabhakka a woollen garment made half of Benares cloth . . .  3. Then Gîvaka Komârabhakka

p. 196

took that woollen garment made half of Benares cloth and went to the place where the Blessed One was; having approached him, and respectfully saluted the Blessed One, he sat down near him. Sitting near him, Gîvaka Komârabhakka said to the Blessed One: 'Lord, this woollen garment made half of Benares cloth. . . . 1 has been sent to me by the king of Kâsi. May the Blessed One, Lord, accept this woollen garment, which may be to me a long time for a good and a blessing.' The Blessed One accepted that woollen garment.

And the Blessed One taught (&c., as in chap. I, 34, down to:) and went away.

And the Blessed One, after having delivered a religious discourse in consequence of that, thus addressed the Bhikkhus:

'I allow you, O Bhikkhus, to use woollen garments.'


195:2 Buddhaghosa: 'This king was Pasenadi's brother, the same father's son.' He appears to have been a sub-king of Pasenadi, for in the Lohikka-sutta it is stated that Pasenadi's rule extended both over Kâsi and Kosala ('Râgâ Pasenadi Kosalo Kâsikosalam agghâvasati').

195:3 Our translation of addhakâsikam kambalam is merely p. 196 conjectural. Buddhaghosa has the following note: 'Addhakâsiyam, here kâsi means one thousand; a thing that is worth one thousand, is called kâsiya. This garment was worth five hundred; therefore it is called addhakâsiya. And for the same reason it is said, upaddhakâsinam khamamânam.' Perhaps vikâsikam at VI, 15, 5 may have some connection with the word used here.

196:1 See last note.

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