A Brahmin questions the Buddha

Story of the Buddha - no. 37

37. After attaining the supreme enlightenment, the Buddha remained sitting in the happiness of nirvana for several days. Later, a Brahmin, an upper caste man, came by the tree where the Buddha sat. He greeted the Buddha and asked: “What qualities does one have to have to be a true Brahmin and a noble person?” The Buddha replied: “The true Brahmin must give up all evil. He must give up all conceit, try to understanding all things and practice pure living. This way he will deserve to be called a Brahmin.”