1. Nārada Buddha
The ninth of the twenty four Buddhas,
- he was born in the Dhanañjaya park at Dhaññavatī,
- his father being king Sudeva and his mother Anomā.
- For nine thousand years he lived as a layman in three palaces: Jitā,
Vijjtā and Abhirāmā (BuA. calls them Vijita, Vijitāvī and Jitābhirāma).
- His wife was Jitasenā (v.l. Vijitasenā), and
- his son Nanduttara.
- He made his Renunciation on foot accompanied by his retinue.
- He practised austerities for only seven days, then,
- having accepted a meal of milk rice from his wife,
- he sat at the foot of a mahāsona tree,
- on grass given by the parkkeeper Sudassana.
- His first sermon was preached in the Dhanañjaya Park.
- His body was eighty eight cubits high, and
- his aura always spread round him to a distance of one league.
- He died at the age of ninety thousand years in Sudassana, and
- his thupa was four leagues high.
- Bhaddasāla and Jjtamitta were his chief monks
- and Uttarā and Phaggunā his chief nuns.
- Vāsettha was his personal attendant, and
- chief among his patrons were Uggarinda and Vasabha, and Indavarī and Candī.
- Among his converts were the Nāga kings Mahādona and Veracona.
The Bodhisatta was a Jatila in Himavā, and the Buddha, with his followers,
visited his hermitage, where they were fed for seven days and received gifts of
red sandalwood. Bu.x.1ff.; BuA.151ff.; J. i.35f.
The personal attendant of Sujāta Buddha. Bu.xiii.25.
A Brahmin in the time of Padumuttara Buddha, who praised the Buddha in three
stanzas. He was a former birth of Nāgita (or Atthasandassaka) Thera.
A brahmin in the time of Atthadassī Buddha, a former birth of Pavittha (or
Ekadamsaniya) Thera. He was also called Kesava. ThagA.i.185; Ap.i.168f.
Minister of Brahmadatta, king of Benares. He was entrusted with escorting the
ascetic Kesava, when lie fell ill, to Kappa's hermitage in Himavā. Nārada is
identified with Sāriputta. For details see the Kesava Jātaka. J. iii.143ff., 362;
A sage, younger brother of Kāladevala and pupil of
Jotipāla (Sarabhanga). He
lived in the Majjhimapadesa in
Arañjaragiri. He became enamoured of a courtesan,
and was saved only through the intervention of Sarabhanga. For details see the
Indriya Jātaka. J. iii.463ff.; v.133f.
An ascetic, son of the ascetic Kassapa. He was tempted by a maiden fleeing
from brigands, but his father came to his rescue. For details see the Culla
Nārada Jātaka. J. iv.220ff.
King of Mithilā, seventh in direct descent from Sādhina. He is identified
with Ananda. For details see the Sādhīna Jātaka. J. iv.355ff.
A brahmin sage, called a devabrāhmana, and Nāradadeva. One day, having
wandered about in Tāvatimsa, he was returning
to his dwelling in Kañcanaguhā holding a Pāricchattaka flower over his head,
when the four daughters of Sakka -
- Sirī and
- asked him to give it to them. He agreed to give it to that one among
them whom they should choose as their queen. They sought the advice of their
father, who directed them to Macchariya Kosiya. Kosiya decided in favour of Hirī.
Nārada is identified with Sāriputta. For
details see the Sudhābhojana Jātaka
(J.v.392ff). It is probably this same Nārada who is mentioned as being present
when Kunāla delivered his famous diatribe
against women. He is described as possessing the pañcābhiññā and as being
attended by ten thousand ascetics. When Kunāla had finished his discourse,
Nārada supplemented it with all he knew of the vices of women (Ibid.,424,
450ff., 456). He is also mentioned as having admonished Mahājanaka when the
latter renounced the world. In that context, Nārada is described as belonging to
the Kassapa gotta. J. vi.56, 58, 68. In SnA.i.359 he is called Nārada Devala.
This may be a wrong reading for Nāradadeva.
The Bodhisatta born as a Mahā Brahma. He helped Rujā to convince her father,
Angati, of the truth as declared by her. He came down to earth and frightened
Angati by revealing to him the horrors of hell. In this context he is described
as belonging to the Kassapa gotta. For details see the Mahānāradakassapa Jātaka.
J.vi.220, 242 ff.; Ap.ii.483.
A celebrated physician, probably identical with the famous sage, No. 9,
The fifth future Buddha. Anāgat. p. 40.
A Thera, mentioned once as staying at the
Ghositārāma in Kosambī, with
Savittha, and Ananda. In the course of
discussion he declares that, though aware of the nature of Nibbāna, he is not an
arahant (S.ii.115f). Elsewhere (A.iii.57f) he is mentioned as staying in the
Pātaliputta. At that time King
Munda was grieving over the death of his wife,
Bhaddā, to the neglect of everything else, and
his treasurer, Piyaka, suggested that he should
visit Nārada. The king agreed, and Nārada preached to him on the inevitable ness
of old age, disease, death, etc. Munda was consoled, and buried the body of his
wife, which he had till then preserved.
He may be identical with the Thera mentioned in the Peta Vatthu Commentary
(PvA.2, 10, 11, 14, 204, 208, 210, 211) as finding out from various petas the
stories of their deeds, and in the Vimāna Vatthu Commentary (VvA.165, 169, 203)
as visiting various vimānas in the course of his wanderings among the deva
worlds (devacārikā). He is stated as having repeated the stories he learnt to
the dhammasangāhakas to be embodied in their rescensions.
The Bodhisatta born as an ascetic. For his story see s.v.
A Yakkha who presided over Nāradakūta.
Offerings, which included a man from each village, were brought to him once a
year. Dīpankara Buddha visited him and, after
performing many miracles, converted him. He, with ten thousand other Yakkhas,
became a sotāpanna. Bu.ii.199;
A class of devas mentioned, with the Pabbatas,
as being wise. Sn.vs.543; SnA.ii.435; see also J. vi.568, 571; Mtu.iii.401.
An ascetic, also called Kassapa. A former birth of
An ascetic, also called Kassapa, a former birth of