|The Buddha on stone slab/bed rock in Maha Kassapa's Pippali Cave (sirimangalo.org)|
|Close to Pipphali Cave are the Saptaparni Caves where "Buddhism" began, where a great number of enlightened monastics were convened by Ven. Maha Kassapa for the First Council after the Buddha's passing into final nirvana.|
|Rajgir, royal city ringed by seven hills.|
- This sutra is usually uttered as a "PROTECTIVE CHANT" (paritta) in the exclusively Buddhist language of Pali: Sati, sambojjhanga kho, Kassapa, maya samma dakkita bhavita bahuligata; abhinaya, sambodaya, nibbanaya, samvattati.
|Even today, Theravada monastics use peaceful caves to practice (Sasin Tipchai/Bugphai).|
Why is this sutra so famous?
Wisdom Quarterly (COMMENTARY)
|Shakyamuni Buddha, Thailand|
Not only was the Buddha's eminent disciple Ven. Maha Kassapa -- "Father of the Sangha" -- healed by hearing it/bringing it to mind, the same happened to one of the Buddha's four chief disciples, the one "foremost in magical powers" Ven. Maha Moggallana, and then to the Buddha himself!
Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living near Rajagaha in the Bamboo Grove by the Squirrels' Feeding Ground. At that time Ven. Maha Moggallana, who was living on Gijjhakuta Hill (Vultures' Peak, where the Buddha often resided), was afflicted with a disease. He was in great pain and gravely ill. Then the Blessed One, emerging from his solitude (meditative absorption) in the evening, visited Maha Moggallana and sat down on a seat prepared for him... (This sutra continues exactly as the previous discourse replacing "Maha Kassapa" with the name "Maha Moggallana").
|Buddhist (and Jain) Rajgir still exists as a functioning city in Bihar, India (iloveindia.com)|