Apparently there were 8 wholesome conditions laid down by Ananda when he was asked to be Buddhas attendant at the age of 55. What were they?

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That's told in this biographical summary of Ananda:

  1. The Buddha was never to give him any choice food
  2. or garment (*) gotten by him,
  3. nor appoint for him a separate "fragrant cell" (residence),
  4. nor include him in the invitations accepted by the Buddha.
  5. Further he was to be allowed to accept invitations on behalf of the Buddha;
  6. to bring to the Buddha those who came to see him from afar;
  7. to place before the Buddha all his perplexities,
  8. and the Buddha was to repeat to him any doctrine taught in his absence.

It's the same list here.

And here:

Ananda was in no way proud that the Master had preferred him to his greatest disciples, but instead asked a favor of having eight conditions fulfilled.

First of all, the Master should never pass a gift of robes on to him; second, he should never give him any almsfood, which he himself had received; third, having received a dwelling place he should never give it to him; fourth, never to include him in any personal invitation (such as an occasion for teaching Dhamma when a meal would be offered).

Besides these four negative conditions, he also had four positive wishes, namely: if he was invited to a meal, he asked for the right to transfer this invitation to the Buddha; if people came from outlying areas, he asked for the privilege to lead them to the Buddha; if he had any doubts or inquiries about the Dhamma, he asked for the right to present these to the Buddha at any time; and if the Buddha gave a discourse during his absence, he asked for the privilege to have the Buddha repeat it to him privately.

He explained his reasons for these requests in this way: if he did not pose the first four conditions, then people could say that he had accepted the post of attendant only because of material gain. But if he did not express the other four conditions, then it could rightly be said that he fulfilled the duties of his post without being mindful of his own advancement on the Noble Path.

The Buddha granted him these very reasonable requests, which were quite in accordance with the teaching.

I don't know which Sutta these are from.

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    They are from the Jataka commentary to Jat 456. It's here Sep 20, 2014 at 17:50

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