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Uppalavanna’s Relics

While I was in Bangkok recently we traveled up the Chao Phraya river one day on an excursion and stopped off at Wat Rachatiwat, it is not so far north, but it is off the beaten track. There I found a reliquary with many relics of famous disciples, including this one of Bhikkhunī Uppalavaṇṇā:

Relics of Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

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5. The Discourse about Uppalavanna

Thus I have heard:

at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī at Anāthapiṇḍika’s grounds in Jeta’s Wood.

Then the nun Uppalavaṇṇā, having dressed in the morning time, after picking up her bowl and robe, was entering Sāvatthī for alms. After walking for alms in Sāvatthī, and returning from the alms-round after the meal, she approached the Blind Man’s Wood to pass the day, and having entered Blind Man’s Wood, she stood at the root of a Sāla tree in full flower.

Then the Wicked Māra desiring to give rise to fear, terror, and horror in the nun Uppalavaṇṇā, desiring to drive her out of concentration, approached the nun Uppalavaṇṇā, and after approaching he addressed the nun Uppalavaṇṇā with a verse:

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