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Book: The Gathering

Chapter: The Great Woman Tree

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44561


The three companions return to Ambapali’s to find the Gathering Women deep in conversation. Many are shaving their heads. Bhadda Kundalakesa explains how the journey began, after Gotami was rejected by the Buddha. She tells them the story of Gotami shaving her own head at the foot of the Great Woman Tree.

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