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Anurādha

1. Anurādha.– An elder. Once when he was staying in a forest hut in the Mahāvana in Vesāli, near to where the Buddha was, certain wandering ascetics came to him and asked him whether or not a Tathāgata exists after death; dissatisfied with his answer they called him “fool” and went away. Thereupon Anurādha sought advice from the Buddha, who asked him “How, inasmuch as it cannot be said of a Tathāgata even in this very life that he really exists, can anything be said regarding him after death?”

S.iii.116‑19; the same story is repeated, with slight expansions, in S.iv.380‑6.

2. Anurādha.– One of those that accompanied Vijaya to Sri Lanka. He later became one of his ministers and founded Anurādhagāma. Mhv.vii.43.

3. Anurādha.– A Sākiya prince, brother of Bhaddakaccāna; a great uncle of Paṇḍukabhaya. He founded a settlement at Anurādhagāma and constructed a reservoir, to the south of which he erected a house for himself. Later he handed this over to Paṇḍukābhaya. Mhv.vii.43‑4.

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