1. Upatissa. The personal name of
2. Upatissa.Purohita to Vijaya, king of
Ceylon. He founded a settlement at Upatissagāma. Mhv.vii.44; Dpv. ix.32, 36.
3. Upatissa I.King of Ceylon. He
reigned for forty-two years between A.C. 362 and 409. He was the eldest son of
Buddhadāsa. He was of very kindly disposition and lived a simple life, eating of
the food served in the Mahāpāli alms-hall. It is said that once, when the roof
of his palace started leaking at night, he lay all night in the wet, being loth
to disturb any of the servants. During a period of drought and famine, he
organised a religious festival, causing rain to fall. He built the Rajuppala,
Gijjhakūta, Pokkharapāsaya, Valāhassa, Ambutthi and Gondigāma tanks and the
Khandarāja Vihāra, besides hospitals and almshouses for women in travail, the
blind and the sick. He was murdered by his queen-consort, who had an intrigue
with his younger brother, Mahānāma. For an account of Upatissa's reign see
4. Upatissa II. King of Ceylon. He was
the husband of the sister of Moggallāna I. and was his general. He killed Sīva
I, and became king, his reign lasting only one year and a half (A.C. 522-24). He
had a son Kassapa, called Girikassapa by virtue of his prowess, and a daughter
who married Silākāla. Silākāla became a rebel and seized Upatissa's kingdom.
(For an account of Upatissa see Cv.xli.5f). Upatissa belonged to the Lambakanna
clan, and in Sinhalese writing is called Lāmāni-upatissa (Cv.Trs.i.52, n.1).
5. Upatissa. Son of Silākāla and brother
of Dāthāpabhuti and Moggallāna II. He was a good-looking young man and was his
father's favourite. He was killed by Dāthāpabhuti (Cv.xli.33ff).
6. Upatissa Thera.Called Pāsānadīpavāsī
Upatissa. He appears to have written a Commentary on the Mahāvamsa, which the
author of the Mahāvamsa Tīkā used for his own work, sometimes criticising its
comments. See, e.g., MT.47.
7. Upatissa. Thera of Tambapapidīpa
(Ceylon), perhaps to be identified with No. 6 above. He and his colleague,
Phussadeva, are often mentioned as being expert exponents of the Vinaya.
Upatissa had two pupils, Mahāpaduma and Mahāsumma, who became very famous as
vinayadharā. Mahāpaduma "read" through the Vinaya eighteen times with his
teacher, and Mahāsumma nine times (Sp.i.263f). Buddhaghosa evidently regarded
with great respect the explanations of various Vinaya questions as given by
Upatissa, for he often quotes him. See, e.g., Sp.ii.456; iii.624, 714; iv.890.
8. Upatissa. Sāriputta's father and
chieftain of Nālaka or Upatissagāma. His proper name was
Vanganta, Upatissa being, evidently, his clan name (SnA.i.326).
9. Upatissa Thera.Author of the Pāli
Mahābodhi-vamsa. He lived in Ceylon, probably in the tenth century. For details
see P.L.C. 156ff.
10. Upatissa Thera. He wrote a
commentary on Kassapa's Anāgatavamsa. Gv.p.72.
11. Upatissa. A Pacceka Buddha, found in
a nominal list (M.iii.69). The name is also found in the
12. Upatissa Thera.Sometimes called Arahā Upatissa, author of the Vimuttimagga (P.L.C. 86). He probably lived about
the first century B.C. J.P.T.S. 1919, pp.69ff; see also NidA. (P.T.S.); introd.
13. Upatissa Thera.Author of the Saddhammappajjotikā, the commentary on the Mahā Niddesa, written at the request
of Deva Thera (MNidA.ii.108). His residence was on the western side of the Mahā
Cetiya within the precincts of the Mahāvihāra in Anurādhapura, and it was built
by a minister, Kittissena.
Some MSS. give the author's name as
Upasena. For his age, see Saddhammappajjotikā.