When asked by the Buddha what he would think if people were to assault or kill him, each time Puṇṇa explained how he would find himself fortunate. As a result, the Buddha commended Puṇṇa on his self-control and peacefulness. Puṇṇa went on to establish a thousand lay followers in the Buddha's teaching. Upon Puṇṇa's death, the Buddha discerned that Puṇṇa had attained final Nibbana.
- This entire account is from Samyutta Nikaya, Chapter 35, Sutta No. 88, "To Puṇṇa" (Bodhi, 2000, pp. 1167-69; Thanissaro, 1997).
- Bodhi, Bhikkhu (trans.) (2000b). The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya. Boston: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-331-1.
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu (trans.) (1997). Punna Sutta: To Punna (SN 35.88). Available on-line at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.088.than.html.