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Story of Culapantaka and Mahapantaka


#1

Hi all,
I once heard a story from a monk of two brothers, Culapandaka and Mahapandaka, one of which was very bright while the other was slow. I believe one of the brothers receives a special meditation object from the Buddha, perhaps focusing on cleaning with a piece of cloth? I’m likely butchering the story but this is just the gist of what I remember. I’d be very grateful if someone could point me to the right direction where I could read the original source of this story. Is it a sutta? Or perhaps commentary? I tried to do a search on the site but I wasn’t able to find anything.

With metta,
Lucas


#2

http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_names/c/cuula_panthaka_th.htm


#3

Here’s the whole story: Buddhist Legends, II. 3. Little Wayman

In this translation the names are translated. I note that you asked about Cullapandaka. It’s actually Culapantaka.

Enjoy! It’s one of the most famous stories from the Dhammapada commentary.


#4

Cūḷapanthaka in Pali and either Kṣudrapanthaka or Cūḍapanthaka in Sanskrit.

If the ‘t’ is unaspirated he’ll be “Little Fringe-dweller” rather than “Little Wayman”.
:smile:


#5

There are verses by the two brothers in Theragatha:

Mahapanthaka

Culapanthaka