Ananda, with great difficulty, persuades
Mahā Kassapa to accompany him to a settlement of nuns. Mahā Kassapa goes and
preaches to them, but Thulla-Tissā, not being pleased with the sermon, upbraids
Mahā Kassapa for what she calls his impertinence in preaching when Ananda is
present. "How does the needle-pedlar deem he could sell a needle to the
needle-maker?" Kassapa is upset, and Ananda asks for forgiveness in the nun's
name, for women, he says, are foolish, and one must be indulgent to them.
Kassapa reminds the audience that it was he himself and not Ananda who was
declared by the Buddha to be the Buddha's equal in the attainment of the jhānas.