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1. Sobhita.  The sixth of the twenty four Buddhas.

  • He was born in the city of Sudhamma,
  • his father being the khattiya Sudhamma and his mother Sudhammā.
  • For nine thousand years he lived as a householder in three palaces - Kumuda, Nalira and Paduma -
  • his wife being Samangī (Makhilā according to the BuA.) and his son Sīha.
  • He entered the monastic life in the palace itself and there attained the four jhānas.
  • His wife gave him a meal of milk rice.
  • After practising austerities for only seven days, he attained Enlightenment at the foot of a Naga tree in the palace garden, going there through the air with all his retinue.
  • He preached his first sermon to his step brothers, Asama and Sunetta - who later became his chief Disciples - in the Sudhamma pleasaunce.
  • Anuma was his constant attendant.
  • His chief disciples among nuns were Nakulā and Sujātā.
  • Ramma and Sudatta were his chief lay patrons among men and Nakulā and Cittā among women.
  • His height was fifty eight hands.
  • He lived for ninety thousand years and died in the Sīhārāma.
  • The Bodhisatta was a brahmin named Sujāta. Bu.vii.1ff.; BuA.137ff.; Mhv.i.7, etc.

2. Sobhita. The constant attendant of Piyadassī Buddha. Bu.xiv.20; J. i.34.

3. Sobhita. See Sobhana (3).

4. Sobhita. A Pacceka Buddha (M.iii.71). Ninety four kappas ago he lived in Cittakūta, and Kanhadinna, in a previous birth, offered him punnāga-flowers (ThagA.ii.304; cf. Ap.ii.416).

5. Sobhita. A mountain near Himavā. Ap.i.328, 416.

6. Sobhita. A brahmin in the time of Padumuttara Buddha; a previous birth of Sāgata Thera. He uttered verses in praise of Padumuttara. Ap.i.83.

7. Sobhita. A tāpasa in the time of Padumuttara Buddha; he was a previous birth of Tissametteyya. Ap.ii.339.

8. Sobhita Thera. He belonged to a brahmin family of Sāvatthi and, after hearing the Buddha preach, entered the Order, attaining arahantship. Later the Buddha declared him foremost among those who could remember past births (pubbenīvāsānussarantānam).

He had resolved to win this eminence in the time of Padumuttara Buddha, when he was a householder in Hamsavatī.

In the time of Sumedha Buddha he was a brahmin, expert in the Vedas. Later he left household life and lived in a hermitage near Himavā.

Having heard of the appearance of a Buddha in the world, he went to Bandhumatī with all possible speed and uttered the Buddha's praises in six stanzas (A.i.25; Thag.vss.165, 166; AA.i.172; ThagA.i.288f).

He is evidently identical with ñanatthavika of the Apadāna (Ap.ii.421f). He was once accused of claiming to possess uttarimanussadhamma, but was exonerated by the Buddha (Vin.iii.109). He was evidently an exponent of the Abhidhamma (see DhSA., p.32).

9. Sobhita Thera. An arahant (Ap.i.163). He is evidently identical with Rakkhita Thera. ThagA.i.173.

10. Sobhita. An Ārāma in Hamsavatī, on the banks of the river, and at the city gate. Padumuttara Buddha once lived there. Ap.ii.343.

11. Sobhita. See Khujjasobhita.


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