The Sonadanda Sutta is the fourth sutta in the Digha Nikaya. This sutta deals with the essential quality which truly makes a man a Brahmin. In this sutta, we see how the theory of Brahmin supremacy was intellectually indefensible. It was inconsistent even with the ethical standard of that time, which the brahmins and the rest of the people fully accepted. Instead, the Buddha adopted the word as a title of honour.
The discourse was delivered at Campa.
Buddha to Sonadanda.
English titles for this sutta include Characteristics of the True Brahman (T. W. Rhys Davids) and The Qualities of A True Brahmin (Maurice Walshe).
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