He belonged to a brahmin family of Sāvatthi, and, after hearing the Buddha teach, he entered the Order. While meditating in a forest tract in Kosala, he grew slothful and rough in speech. One day the Buddha, seeing his maturing insight, appeared before him in a ray of glory and admonished him with a verse. Belaṭṭhānika was filled with agitation and soon after became an Arahant.
In the time of Vipassī Buddha he was a brahmin teacher, and, while wandering about with his pupils, he saw the Buddha and offered him seven flowers. Twenty-