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
- 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.;
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.
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
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
11. Sobhita. See Khujjasobhita.