The Paragon of All Female Lay Disciples
It's so important for our Dhamma practice that we have an example to emulate and inspire us. Therefore, the Buddha has declared a pair of disciples as the exemplars for us to model our practice on:
- For monks: Ven Sāriputta and Ven Mahāmoggallāna
- For nuns: Ven Khemā and Ven Uppalavaṇṇā
- For male lay disciples: Citta & Hatthaka
- For female lay disciples: Khujjuttarā & Nandamātā
In this Dhammatalk Ajahn Dhammasiha focuses on Khujjuttarā, the top standard for female lay disciples, who was a servant in the palace of King Udena. Listening to the Buddha she became a stream-enterer and then shared the teachings with the 500 wifes of the king, ultimately leading all of them to realize the Dhamma.
Most amazingly, her teachings are preserved to this day in a part of the Tipiṭaka called 'Itivuttaka' ('Thus was it said'), allowing us to study and practise according to these original instructions.