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1. Now the Blessed One, proceeding on his journey, arrived in due course at Sâvatthi; and there.

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at Sâvatthi, the Blessed One stayed in the Getavana, the park of Anâtha Pindika. Then Anâtha Pindika the householder [invited the Blessed One for the morrow's meal, and when the meal was over, he said to the Blessed One 1]:

'What, Lord, shall I do with regard to the Getavana?'

You may dedicate it, O householder, to the use of the Samgha of the four directions 2 either now here present, or hereafter to arrive.'

'Even so, Lord,' said Anâtha Pindika the householder in assent to the Blessed One, and he did so.

2. Then the Blessed One gave thanks to Anâtha Pindika the householder in these verses. [Here follow the same verses as were used above in VI, 1, 5 on the presentation of the Getavana 3.]


198:1 The usual terms are here followed throughout: see, for instance, above, VI, 4, 6, 7.

198:2 That is 'of all the world.' See our note above on Mahâvagga VIII, 27, 5, where the phrase has already occurred.

198:3 The verses are quoted in the account of Anâtha Pindika's gift given in the Gâtaka commentary (Fausböll I, 93; Rh. D.'s 'Buddhist Birth Stories,' I, 131).

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