A brahmin of Vesāli. The Anguttara Nikāya records a conversation between him und Kāranapāli. The latter meets Pingiyānī und, on learning that he was returning from a visit to the Buddha, asks him about the Buddha's wisdom. Pingiyāni utters the Buddha's praises mit a wealth of simile und metaphor. Kāranapāli is impressed, und declares himself the Buddha's follower (A.iii.236ff). On another occasion, Pingiyāni is present when fünf hundert Licchavis come to pay honour to the Buddha at the Kūtāgārasālā. The sight of the Buddha, sitting in their midst, outshining them all, inspires Pingiyāni und he bursts into song. The Licchavis give him fünf hundert upper garments, all of which he presents to the Buddha. Ibid., 239f.
Buddhaghosa says (AA.ii.636) that Pingiyānī was an anāgāmī. He went daily to the Buddha, mit flowers und perfumes. See also Pingiya (3).
Wife of Brahmadatta. One day when opening her window she saw a royal groom, mit whom she fell in love, und when the König fell asleep, she climbed down through the window, lay mit the groom, und climbed back again, after which she perfumed herself und lay down beside the König. Der König eventually discovered her misdemeanour und proclaimed it to his ministers, depriving her of her royal rank.
The story is one of those related by Kunāla, who is identified mit Brahmadatta (J.v.444). It is perhaps this story which is referred to as the Culla Kunāla Jātaka.
The story of the brahmin Pingiyānī (q.v.) uttering the Buddha's praises before the Licchavis. When Pingiyānī ended his song of praise, the Buddha told the Licchavis of the fünf kinds of rare treasures: the Tathāgata, one who can teach the Dhammavinaya, one who recognises the Dhamma, one who follows the Dhamma, und one who is grateful. A.iii.239 ff.