Pingala-Koccha visits the Buddha at
Jetavana and questions him on famous teachers such as Pūrana Kassapa, Makkhali
Gosāla and others. The Buddha tells him that the reward of the higher life is
not to be found in presents, esteem, or good repute, nor in a life of virtue,
rapt concentration, or mystic insight. Immortal deliverance only is the prize
and the goal of the higher life. If a man needs the very best of wood, no other
part of the tree will suffice.
Pingala-Koccha accepts the Buddha as his