Preached at the
Sandhāna, on his way to see the Buddha, stopped at
the paribbājakārāma because it was yet too early for his interview, and started
talking to the Paribbājaka
Nigrodha. Nigrodha spoke disparagingly of the
Buddha's love of solitude. Seeing the Buddha walking along the banks of the
Sumāgadhā, Nigrodha invited him to his hermitage and asked him various
questions. The Buddha turned the discussion on to the merits and demerits of
self-mortification and ended up by declaring the purpose of his own teaching.
Though Nigrodha expresses great admiration for the Buddha's exposition, he and
his disciples do not become followers of the Buddha (D.iii.36ff).
says (DA.iii.844), however, that this sutta will stand them in good stead in the