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1. Sañjaya. A gardener (uyyānapāla) of Brahmadatta, king of Benares. See the Vātamiga Jātaka. He is identified with the slave girl who tried to tempt Cullapindapātika Tissa Thera. J.i.156f.

2. Sañjaya. A rājā of Tagara. He renounced the world with ninety crores of others and became an ascetic. Dhammadassī Buddha preached to them and they all attained arahantship. Bu.xvi.3; BuA.183.

3. Sañjaya. Father of Vessantara. He was the son of Sivi, king of Jetuttara, and after his father's death succeeded him as king. His wife was Phusatī. He is identified with Suddhodana of the present age. See the Vessantara Jātaka for details. He is mentioned in a list of kings at Dpv. iii.42.

4. Sañjaya Thera. He was the son of a wealthy brahmin of Sāvatthi, and, following the example of Brahmāyu, Pokkharasāti, and other well known brahmins, found faith in the Buddha and became a sotāpanna. He entered the Order and attained arahantship in the Tonsure hall.

In the time of Vipassī Buddha he spent all his wealth in good deeds and was left poor. Even then he continued to wait on the Buddha and his monks and led a good life. Eight kappas ago he was a king named Sucintita. (Thag.vs.48; ThagA.i.119f ). He is evidently to be identified with Veyyāvacaka Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.i.138.

5. Sañjaya Akāsagotta. In the Kannakatthala Sutta Vidūdabha tells the Buddha that it was Sañjaya who started the story round the palace to the effect that, according to the Buddha, no recluse or brahmin can ever attain to absolute knowledge and insight.

Sañjaya is sent for by Pasenadi, but, on being questioned, says that Vidūdabha was responsible for the statement. M.ii.127, 132.

6. Sañjaya. Son of the brahmin Vidhura and younger brother of Bhadrakāra. See the Sambhava Jātaka. He is identified with Sāriputta. J. v.67.

7. Sañjaya Belatthiputta

8. Sañjaya. One of the ten sons of Kālāsoka.


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