Cundī. A princess. She visited the
Buddha at the Kalandakanivāpa in Veluvana, and he preached to her the Cundī
Sutta (A.iii.35f). According to the Commentary (AA.ii.596), she was the daughter
of Bimbisāra. The king gave her five hundred chariots for the use of herself and
her companions. She was one of the three women who received this gift from their
fathers, the others being Visākhā and the princess Sumanā. Cundī's brother was
Cunda. Her name occurs in a list of eminent upāsikās. A.iv.347.
Cundī Sutta. Cundī visits the Buddha and
tells him that, according to her brother, Cunda, those who take refuge in the
Buddha, the Dhamma and the Order and refrain from the taking of life, from
theft, carnal lusts, lying and liquor, will be born in a happy condition after
death. She wishes to know more of this. The Buddha explains to her that the
Tathāgata is the best of beings, the Doctrine which leads to Nibbāna is the best
of teachings, the Tathāgata's Order is the best field of merit, and of virtues,
those beloved by Ariyans are the best. A.iii.35f.