One of the two chief disciples of Dhammadassī Buddha.
2. Phussadeva Thera
An eminent teacher of the Vinaya (Vin.v.3) in Ceylon. He
was a contemporary of Upatissa, from whose views his own often differed. See
Sp.i.263; ii.456, 495; iii. 651, 653; iv. 890.
3. Phussadeva Thera
An incumbent of Katakandhakāra in Ceylon. He was among
those taking part in the assemblies mentioned in Kuddālaka, Mūgapakkha, Ayoghara
and Hatthipāla Jātakas (J.iv. 490; vi. 30). Once Māra, assuming the form of the
Buddha, tried to tempt him, but the Elder, seeing this form and deriving joy
from its contemplation, became an arahant. Vsm. 263.
One of the chief warriors of Dutthagāmanī. He was born in
the village of Gavita and his father was Uppala. Once, having gone to the vihāra
with other boys, he saw a conch shell offered at the bodhi tree and blew on it.
All those who heard him stood as if stunned, and he came to be called Ummāda
Phussadeva. His father was an archer, and he himself became very skilled in this
art (Mhv.Xxiii.82f), the best archer in the island (Mhv.Xxv.82). In
Dutthagāmanī's fight with Bhalluka, Phussadeva sat behind the king on the
elephant and shot Bhalluka. His arrow grazed the king's ear, causing the blood
to flow. In expiation, Phussadeva cut off the lobe of his own ear and showed it
to the king. Later the king planted Phussadeva's arrow on the floor, and
covering it to its full height with kahāpanas, gave the money to Phussadeva.
Ibid., 91 ff.