1. Tissa. The seventeenth of the twenty-four Buddhas.
- He was born in the Anomā pleasaunce in Khemaka.
- His father was Janasandha (v.l. Saccasandha) and his mother Padumā.
- He lived the household life for seven thousand years, in three palaces -
Guhāsala, Nārī (Nārisa) and Nisabha
- He left the world on a horse named Sonuttara.
- For eight months he practised austerities.
- After a meal of milk rice given by the daughter of Vīrasetthi of Vīragāma,
- he sat on grass given by a yavapālaka named Vijitasangāma
- He attained Buddhahood under an asana tree.
- He preached his first sermon at Yasavatī to Brahmadeva and Udaya (Udayana)
of Hamsavatī, who later became his chief disciples.
- His attendant was Samanga (Sambhava)
- His chief patrons being Sambala and Siri among men and Kisāgotamī and
Upasenā among women.
- His chief women disciples were Phussā and Sudattā.
- His body was sixty cubits high
- After a life of one hundred thousand years he died at Nandārāma (Sunandārāma)
- His body was cremated and a thūpa was erected three leagues in height.
Bu.xviii.1ff; BuA.188ff; J. i.40.
2. Tissa. The ninth future Buddha. See Anāgasavamsa, p.40.
3. Tissa.One of the two chief disciples of Vipassī Buddha (Bu.xx.28;
J.i.41; D.ii.4). He was the son of the purohita Bandhumatī, and the Buddha's
first sermon was preached to him and Khanda. BuA.196.
4. Tissa.One of the two chief disciples of Dīpankara Buddha.
Bu.ii.213; J. i.29; Mbv.5.
5. Tissa. An aggasāvaka (great disciple) of Kassapa Buddha. He was the
Buddha's brother and, having renounced the household, became an ascetic. On
hearing that Kassapa had become Buddha, he visited him but expressed great
disappointment on discovering that he ate flesh food (āmagandha). The Buddha
taught him that Āmagandha was not really flesh but the kilesas which corrupt the
heart, and he preached to him the Āmagandha Sutta. Tissa immediately entered the
Order and became an aggasāvaka (Bu.xxv.39; SnA.i.280-2, 293; D.ii.4). Tissa's
father was born as Subhadda in this age. Ap.i.101.
6. Tissa. A monk who was reborn as a Brahmā with great
iddhi-powers. Moggallāna visited him soon after his birth in the Brahma-world
and asked him questions about devas and Brahmas who were assured of salvation
(A.iii.331; iv.75ff). He was evidently the Tissa mentioned as being present at
the Mahāsamaya. D.ii.261; DA.ii.692.
7. Tissa. A friend of Metteyya. They together visited the Buddha at
Jetavana and, having listened to his teaching, entered the Order. Metteyya
retired with his teacher into the forest and not long after became an arahant.
Tissa lived in Sāvatthi and when his elder brother died, he went home and was
persuaded by his relations to return to the lay life. Later, Metteyya, passing
through the village with the Buddha, during a journey, visited Tissa and brought
him once more to the Buddha. The Buddha preached to them the Tissa-Metteyya
Sutta, at the end of which Tissa became a Sotāpanna, later attaining
arahantship. Sn., p.160f; SnA.ii.535f, NidA.184.
8. Tissa. The personal name of Metteyya, friend of Tissa (7). Metteyya
was his gotta-name by which he became known (SnA..ii.536; NidA.184). In the Sutta
Nipāta (vs.814) he is called Tissa-Metteyya.
9. Tissa-Metteyya. A disciple of
Bāvarī. He visited the Buddha with his colleagues
and when the Buddha answered his questions, he, and his thousand pupils became
arahants. Tissa was his personal name and Metteyya that of his clan. Sn.,
10. Tissa.An Elder of Sāvatthi. He once received a length of coarse
cloth as a gift and handed it to his sister to be made into a robe. She had the
cloth pounded and spun into fine yarn and made of it a soft robe-cloth. At first Tissa would not accept it but was prevailed upon to do so and had it made into a
soft robe by skilled robe-makers. He died on the night it was finished and, as a
result of his fancy for it, was reborn as a louse in the robe. After his death,
the monks wished to divide the robe but the louse started shouting. The Buddha,
hearing this by his power of divine audience, asked the monks to lay the robe
aside for seven days. At the end of that period, the louse was reborn in the
Tusita world. DhA.iii.341ff.
11. Tissa. A monk. When the Buddha declared that in four months he
would pass away, many monks were greatly excited, collecting in groups, not
knowing what to do. But Tissa remained aloof, determined to win arahantship
before the Buddha's death. The others, misunderstanding him, reported to the
Buddha that Tissa had no love for him, but the Buddha, having questioned him,
praised his earnestness. DhA.iii.267f.
12. Tissa Thera.An arahant. He belonged to a brahmin family of
Rājagaha and, having attained great proficiency in the Vedas, became a teacher
of five hundred young men. When the Buddha visited Rājagaha, Tissa was so struck
by his majesty that he joined the Order, later winning arahantship. The
Theragāthā contains verses uttered by him regarding certain monks who were
jealous of his great renown.
In the time of Piyadassī Buddha, Tissa was an ascetic. Seeing the Buddha in
samādhi in a forest-grove, he built over him an arbour of silo flowers and for
seven days paid him homage. (Thag.vv.153-4; ThagA.i.272f).
He is evidently identical with Sālamandapiya of the Apadāna (ii.431f).
13. Tissa. A rājā of Roruva.
He was an "unseen" ally of Bimbisāra and, as
such, sent him various gifts. The king sent him in return a painted panel on
which was depicted the life of the Buddha and a gold plate specially inscribed
with the Paticcasamuppāda. On
seeing these, Tissa's mind was filled with agitation and, giving up his title,
he came to Rājagaha as a monk and lived in the
Sappasondika cave, from there visiting the
Buddha, and soon afterwards becoming an arahant.
In the time of Vipassī Buddha he was a chariot-maker and gave the Buddha a
stool made of sandalwood. Fifty-seven kappas ago he was four times king under
the name of Santa (Bhavanimmita) (Thag.97; ThagA.i.199f). He is probably
identical with Phalakadāyaka of the Apadāna (i.174).
14. Tissa Thera.An arahant. Son of the Buddha's
paternal aunt, Amitā. He entered the Order and dwelt in a woodland settlement,
but he was proud of his rank and irritable and captious in his conduct. He once
came to the Buddha in tears because his colleagues had teased him on account of
his talkativeness (S.ii.282; MA.i.289). On another occasion, the Buddha, with
his celestial eye, saw Tissa sleeping with open mouth during the siesta and,
sending a ray of glory, woke him. Tissa's heart was filled with anguish and when
he confessed to his colleagues his mental laziness and distaste for religion,
they brought him to the Buddha. The Buddha preached to him the Tissa Sutta, at
the end of which he became an arahant (Thag.v.39; but see v.1162; S. iii.106f;
In the time of Tissa Buddha he swept the leaves from the foot of the Bodhi-tree.
He is evidently identical with Bodhisammajjaka of the Apadāna (Ap.ii.457f).
The Dhammapada Commentary (i.31ff) calls him Thullatissa. He entered the
Order when old and became fat through idleness. He spent most of his time in the
Waiting-hall draped in rich robes. Monks, taking him for a Mahā Thera, begged
the privilege of performing various services for him, such as massaging his
feet. But when they discovered his attainments, they reviled him and he sought
the Buddha. The Buddha, however, asked him to obtain their pardon for having
failed to show them due honour, and when he refused, related to him the story of
Nārada and Devala.
15. Tissa. A novice. He was a gatekeeper's son and, coming with some
carpenters to Sāvatthi, joined the Order. He was constantly finding fault with
the food and other offerings, even those given by Anāthapindika, and he boasted
of the riches enjoyed by his kinsfolk. His colleagues made enquiries and,
discovering the truth about his antecedents, reported him to the Buddha who
preached the Katāhaka Jātaka (q.v.) to show his similar tendencies in the past
(DhA.iii.367). Tissa was identified with Katāhaka of the Jātaka. J. i.455.
16. Tissa. A monk. He was called Kosambivāsī Tissa. He spent the rainy
season at Kosambī and, on his departure, his supporter gave him three robes and
other offerings; he, however, refused them saying that he had no novice to look
after them. The layman immediately gave his son, then seven years old, to be his
novice. The boy attained arahantship in the Tonsure-hall. While on his way to
Sāvatthi to see the Buddha, Tissa accidentally blinded the novice by hitting his
eye with a fan at dawn. The Elder was filled with remorse and, falling at the
boy's feet, asked his pardon. But the answer was that there was no fault to
pardon, the accident was due to samsāra. When the matter was reported to the
Buddha he said that such was the nature of arahants. They felt no resentment. At
the end of the discourse, Tissa became an arahant (DhA.ii.182ff).
17. Tissa. A monk, called Asubhakammika-Tissa. He is mentioned in the
Commentaries (VibhA.270) as an example of a good friend, devoted to the
contemplation of asubha, association with whom helps one to get rid of lust. His
teacher was Mahātissa of Kotapabbata-vihāra. MT.553.
18. Tissa. A master of writing (lekhācariya). Even after his death he
was known by reason of his writing. Mil., p.70; see Mhv.X.51, 70.
Elder of Asoka's time, a disciple of
Mahāvaruna and brother of Sumitta. He was the son of a kinnarī called
Kuntī. He died of a bite by a venomous
insect. Asoka was grieved on learning that Tissa's
death was due to his failure to obtain ghee in his illness. Mhv.v.213ff.
23. Tissa-kumāra.Brother of
Asoka and his vice-regent. He once asked Asoka why
monks were not joyful and gay and Asoka, in order to teach him the reason, gave
him the throne for a week, saying that at the end of the week he would be put to
death. Tissa then realised that monks, who had the constant consciousness of
death, could not be merry.
He later became a monk under Yonaka Mahādhammarakkhita and lived in the
Asokārāma, where he prevented the murder of the theras by the minister sent by
Asoka to make the monks hold the uposatha together. He became an arahant and, on
account of his love of solitude, came to be known as Ekavihāriya.
Thag.vv.537-46; ThagA.i.503f; Mhv.v.33, 60, 154ff, 241; SA.iii.125.
24. Tissa.King of Kalyāni and father of Vihāramahādevī
(Mhv.Xxii.13ff). His brother Ayya-Uttika entered into an intrigue with the queen
and was banished. He sent the queen a letter through an attendant to an arahant
who was in the habit of visiting the palace. This letter fell into the hands of
the king who suspected the arahant himself, owing to a similarity in his writing
to that of the intriguer. The king ordered the arahant to be killed and cast
into the sea. The devas, being offended, caused the sea to overflow the land.
The total destruction of the country was only averted by the king sending his
daughter Devī (afterwards Vihāramahadevī), to sea in a golden boat. The
Rasavāhini, however, says he was thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil; see
Tissa's father was Mutasiva and his grandfather Uttiya. MT.431.
25. Tissa. A minister of Dutthagāmani. When the latter fled from
Saddhātissa, Tissa joined him and he gave him his own food during the flight.
But the food was ultimately given to a monk (see Tissa 26) who accepted their
invitation to the meal. (For details see Mhv.xxiv.22ff; AA.i.365). It was
probably the mother of this Tissa who, we are told (Vsm., p.63), used a cloth
worth one hundred to wipe away the impurities of her son's birth, which cloth
she afterwards threw out on to the Tālaveli road hoping that it might prove
useful to a pāmsukūlika monk.
26. Tissa. A thera in Piyangudīpa. He it was who accepted the meal
given by Dutthagāmani while fleeing from his brother. Mhv.xxiv.25.
27. Tissa. A brahmin youth of Rohana who rebelled against Vattagāmani
in the fifth year of his reign. At that time Tamils invaded Ceylon and
Vattagāmani sent word to Tissa asking him to fight them, and take the throne for
himself; Tissa did, but was conquered by them (Mhv.Xxxiii.38ff). See also
28. Tissa. A monk of Kambugallaka; he was very learned and helped to
reconcile Vattagāmani and his discontented ministers (Mhv.Xxxiii.71, 75). Later,
the ministers built several vihāras - the Mūlavokāsa, the Sāliyārāma, the
Pabbatārāma and the Uttaratissārāma - and handed them over to Tissa. Ibid., 91.
29. Tissa. A minister of Vattagāmani; he built the Uttamtissārāma.
30. Tissa.Son of Mahācūla and king of Ceylon (9-12 A.D.). He was
poisoned by his wife Anulā. Mhv.xxxiv.15ff.
31. Tissa. A paramour of Queen Anulā. He was a
wood-carrier and was therefore called Dārubhatika-Tissa. He reigned for one year
and one month and built a bathing-tank in the Mahāmeghavana. He was poisoned by
32. Tissa. A monk of the Dakkhinārāma, for whom Mahāsena built the
Jetavana-vihāra. Mhv.xxxvii.32, 38.
33. Tissa.Younger son of Mahādāthika-Mahānāga and brother of
Amandagāmani Abhaya. He was known as
Kanirajānu-tissa. Mhv.xxxv.11ff; MT.640.
34. Tissa. Nephew of Khallātanāga and son of Sumanadevī, step-sister
to the king. With his brothers, Abhaya and Uttara, he conspired to kill the
king. But the conspiracy failed and they committed suicide. MT.612.
35. Tissa.An artisan (kammāraputta), a previous incarnation of Sāliya.
He lived in Mundagangā and receiving one day as wages the flesh of a boar, he
had it cooked by his wife. When the meal was ready he announced alms; the theras
Dhammadinna, Godhiya-Mahātissa, Mahānāga of Samuddavihāra, Mahānāga of
Kālavallimandapa, Mahāsangharakkhita, Dhammagutta, Mahānāga of Bhātiyavanka and
Maliyamahādeva appeared to accept the alms. MT.605f.
36. Tissa. A monk resident in Lonagiri (Lenagiri). He once saw fifty
monks, on their way to Nāgadipa on a pilgrimage, returning from their
alms-rounds in Mahākhīragāma, with their bowls empty. Asking them to wait, he
returned in a little while with his bowl of milk rice which proved more than
enough for the whole company. Seeing their astonishment, he explained that since
he had begun to practise the sārānīya-dhammā, his bowl had never lacked food.
At the Giribhandamahāpūjā at Cetiyapabbata, Tissa wished to have for himself
two shawls, the most precious things there. He declared his wish in the presence
of others and the king, on being informed, determined that Tissa should not have
them, but every time he put out his hand to take the robes, they slipped away,
and others took their place. In the end the robes were given to Tissa
37. Tissa. A Thera of Sāvatthi, better known as Kutumbiyaputta-Tissa.
He renounced forty crores of wealth and became a monk dwelling in the forest.
His younger brother's wife sent five hundred ruffians to kill him. He begged
them to spare his life for one night and broke his thigh-bone with a stone as
token that he would not attempt to escape. During the night he overcame his pain
and, dwelling on his virtues, became an arahant (MA.i.188f; DA.iii.747; Vsm.48).
38. Tissa. A Thera of Sāketa. He refused to answer questions, saying
that he had no time. On being asked, "Can you find time to die?" he felt
ashamed, and going to the Kanikāravālikasamudda-vihāra, instructed monks of
varying grades during the rainy season, rousing great enthusiasm among the
populace by his preaching (MA.i.350f; DA.iii.1061).
39. Tissa. A monk of Kotapabbata.
40. Tissa. A minister. The scholiast to the
Kanha Jātaka mentions a story of an
amacca called Tissa who, in a rage, killed his wife and all his retinue and,
finally, himself. J. iv.11.
41. Tissa. A novice of Pañcaggalalena. While travelling through the
air he heard the daughter of the artisan of Girigāma singing, after having
bathed with her companions in a lotus-pond. Being attracted by the sound, he
lost his power of travelling through the air. MA.i.353; SnA.i.70.
42. Tissa. A novice of Tissamahā-vihāra. He complained to his teacher
of his distaste for the Order and the latter took him to Cittalapabbata. There,
with great effort, Tissa built for himself a cave and while lying there during
the night, became an arahant, dying the next day. A thūpa called the Tissa-thera-cetiya
was erected over his relics and this was still in existence in Buddhaghosa's day
43. Tissa.An attendant of King Saddhā-Tissa. The king, wishing to eat
pheasants, asked Tissa to procure some, having first tested him by threatening
to have him executed if he refused to kill fowl for the king's table. Tissa,
even when led to the executioner's block, refused to kill the birds. The king
was thus satisfied that Tissa would not kill pheasants for him. The next day,
Tissa, seeing a fowler hawking some dead pheasants, obtained them for the king
44. See also:
- Mahātissa, Losaka-Tissa,
- Saddhā-Tissa, etc.
45. Tissa. A sāmanera of Tissa-vihāra in Mahāgāma. See Kundalā.
46. Tissa. A novice who later became a devaputta on a tree near
Nāga-vihāra. For details see Ras.ii.168.
47. Tissa. A monk who, when his brother's wife sent men to kill him,
broke his thigh bones as token he would not run away, and having begged leave
for one night, attained arahantship. MA.i.188f.