A thera of a market town (nigama) near Sāvatthi. He had
the reputation of being contented, purged and pure; he went for his alms only in
the village of his kinsmen. When it was reported to the Buddha that Tissa lived
in intimate association with his relations, the Buddha questioned him and
accepted his explanation, praising him, and remarking that Tissa's good
qualities were the result of association with himself; he then related the
Mahāsuka Jātaka. DhA.i.283 6. The introductory story of the Jātaka (q.v.),
however, gives a different reason for its recital (J.ii.490f.).