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Belaṭṭhānika (Belaṭṭhakāni) Thera

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-nine world-cycles ago he became king under the name of Vipulābhāsa (Thag.vs.101; ThagA.i.205 f).

He is probably identical with Campakapupphiya of the Apadāna. Ap.i.167.

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