Saddhammajotipāla (generally known as Chapata)
Pupil of Uttarajīva of Pagan. He went to Ceylon with his
teacher, received the higher ordination there, and lived in the Mahāvihāra for
some years. Among his works are the Kaccāyana suttaniddesa, the Sankhepavannanā,
the Sīmālankāra, the Vinayagūlhatthadīpanī, the Nāmācāradīpanī (on ethics), the
Ganthisāra (an anthology of texts), and the Mātukatthadīpanī and
Patthānaganānaya (both on Abhidhamma topics).
On Chapata's return to Burma, he brought four companions
from Ceylon Rāhula, Ananda, Sīvalī and Tāmalinda -
and, with their help, he founded the Sīhalasangha in Pagan, followers of the
Mahāvihāra tradition. King Narapatisithu gave them his patronage, but extended
it to other sects as well, and the Sīhalasangha, therefore, remained only as one
sect among several in Burma. Chapata lived in the twelfth century. Gv.64, 74;
Sās.65, 74; Svd.1247 f,; Bode, 17, 18, 19.