Chaplain to Brahmadatta, king of
Benares. He was a former birth of
Devadatta (J.iii.161). His story is given in
the Dhonasākha Jātaka.
Called Pingiya mānava, nephew and pupil of Bāvarī.
At the time that he visited the Buddha with the
other disciples he was 120 years old and very feeble. At the end of his
discussion with the Buddha, as recorded in the Pingiya Sutta (Sn. vs. 1120 23),
because of his feebleness, he failed to reach any attainment. Thereupon he
praised the Buddha and begged of him to go on. The Buddha preached to him
further, and he became an anāgāmī, failing, however, to attain arahantship
because his mind wandered to his maternal uncle, Bāvarī. His one thousand
pupils, however, became arahants. Later, with the Buddha's leave, he visited
Bāvarī and told him the glad tidings, describing the Buddha's glory (Sn.vs.1131
45). At the end of his statement, the Buddha, seeing that the minds of both of
them were mature, sent forth a ray of light from Sāvatthi and, appearing before
them, preached to them. Thereupon Bāvarī became an
anāgāmī and Pingiya an
Pingiya was called mānava, even at the age of 120. (SnA..ii.413).
One of the seven anāgamīns born in the
Avihā world, in the company of
Ghatīkārā (S.i.35, 60). He is described as a
Bhikkhu, and is therefore probably identical with Pingiya (2). The story of the
latter having attained arahantship must, in that case, have been a later legend.
It is also possible that Pingiya is a variant reading for
A dog, mentioned in the Pūtimamsa Jātaka.