SN.7.20. Bhikkhakasutta ("A Beggar")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

At Sāvatthī.

Then a begging brahmin went up to the Buddha, and exchanged greetings with him.

When the greetings and polite conversation were over, he sat down to one side and said to the Buddha, “Master Gotama, both you and I are beggars. What, then, is the difference between us?”

“You don’t become a beggar
just by begging from others.
One who has undertaken domestic duties
has not yet become a mendicant.

But one living a spiritual life
who has shunned both merit and evil,
and after appraisal, lives in this world:
is said to be a mendicant.”

When he had spoken, the begging brahmin said to the Buddha, “Excellent, Master Gotama! Excellent! … From this day forth, may Master Gotama remember me as a lay follower who has gone for refuge for life.”

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