Title- Lay-woman Ariya Sujata, Wife of a Rich Man

Sujata was the daughter of a rich man of Seniya village near the Uruvela grove. Her son was Yasa and her husband was the rich man of Baranasi. She had the following virtues.

One day while the Buddha-to-be was staying underneath a tree, Sujata offered Him milk food in a gold cup, thinking that the Buddha-to-be was a guardian spirit of the tree. She prayed for her wishes to be fulfilled, and accordingly she gave birth to a son whom she had long wished for. The son was initiated into Buddhist monk-hood.

At the invitation of her husband the Buddha went to her house to have alms-meal, accompanied by her son and other members of the Samgha. At the end of the Dhamma discourse delivered by the Buddha, she became a Sotapatti Ariya then and there.

The Buddha bestowed on her the title of the Greatest of all first lay-woman disciples who took refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha.

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