Khattiyā Chapter,1 the Fourth

[31. Eighteen Thousand Kṣatriyan Maiden Buddhist Nuns Headed Up by Yasavatī2]

O Great Sage, we are announcing
“all existence has been destroyed;”
[we’re] freed from ties to existence
all outflows3 don’t exist for us.4 (1) [1104]

Doing previous good5 karma,
whatever may have been wished for,6
all of this stuff7 has been given
for the sake of you, O Great Sage.8 (2) [1105]

The wishes of Buddhas, Lonely
Buddhas and of the followers,
[all of] this stuff9 has been given
for the sake of you, O Great Sage.10 (3) [1106]

This karma, [both] big [and] little,
excellent wish of Buddhist monks,
[and] service to high-status clans
has been done by us,11 O Great Sage.12 (4) [1107]

Incited by that wholesome root,
reaping13 [the fruit] of that karma,
surpassing [all other] humans,14
we were born in kṣatriyan clan[s]. (5) [1108]

[Always] together when [we’re] born,
when karma is done, and by caste,15
born together in this last [birth,]
[we’re] kṣatriyans,16 born in the clans. (6) [1109]

In the harem, O Great Hero,
as though in the gods’ [garden] “Joy,”
[we’re] beautiful, very wealthy,
receiving honor [and] worship.17 (7) [1110]

Becoming wearied we went forth,
from the home into homelessness.
Remaining attached a few days,
we all attained [our] nirvana. (8) [1111]

[People] are bringing many [gifts,]
monastic robes and alms to eat,
requisites [as well as] lodgings;
we’re always honored [and] worshipped.18 (9) [1112]

Our defilements are [now] burnt up;
all [new] existence is destroyed.
Like elephants with broken chains,
we are living without constraint. (10) [1113]

Being in Best Buddha's presence
was a very good thing for us.
The three knowledges are attained;
[we have] done what the Buddha taught! (11) [1114]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[we have] done what the Buddha taught! (11) [1115]

Thus indeed Eighteen Thousand Kṣatriyan Maiden Buddhist Nuns
Headed Up by Famous (Yasavatī) spoke these verses.

The legend of Eighteen Thousand Kṣatriyan Maiden Buddhist Nuns
Headed Up by Famous (Yasavatī) is finished


  1. this name is supplied only by BJTS

  2. BJTS reads “The Apadāna of Buddhist Nuns Headed Up By Yasavatī”

  3. or “defilements” sabbāsavā

  4. reading ccha no n’atthi with BJTS for PTS sabbāsavāmano n’atthi (“there is no mind with all outflows”)

  5. or “wholesome”

  6. yaŋ kiñcchi sabbam patthitaŋ

  7. sabbaŋ…paribhogaŋ; BJTS reads yaṃ kiñcchi sādhu patthitaṃ (“whatever excellently wished”)

  8. reading mahāmune with BJTS (and PTS alt.) for PTS mahāmuni

  9. paribhogaŋ

  10. reading mahāmune with BJTS (and PTS alt.) for PTS mahāmuni

  11. kat’ amhehi. BJTS (and PTS alt.) reads katam etaṃ

  12. reading mahāmune with BJTS (and PTS alt.) for PTS mahāmuni

  13. °sampadā

  14. reading BJTS (and, partly, PTS alt.) mānusikam atikkantā for PTS mānussikam anikkantā

  15. jātiyā, lit., “by birth,” the clear theme of this verse

  16. lit., “born in the clan”

  17. lābhasakkārapūjitā

  18. lit., “given pūjā