An Arahant. He was born at Anupiya in a Malla family (at Kusinārā, says the Apadāna). As a child of seven he saw the Buddha who was visiting in the Malla country, and he asked his grandmother (his mother having died at his birth) if he might join the Order under the Buddha. She brought him to the Buddha and the boy became an Arahant in the Tonsure-
It once happened that meals were allotted by Dabba to the Mettiyabhummajakā at the house of a rich man, who, discovering their identity, gave orders that they were to be fed anyhow. The Mettiyabhummajakā were greatly offended, and believing that Dabba had intended to slight them, induced one of their partisans, Mettiyā, to accuse Dabba of having seduced her. The charge was investigated, Mettiyā was expelled, and Dabba’s fame increased (Thag.v.5; Vin.ii.74 ﬀ; iii.158 f, 166 f, iv.37 f; Sp.iii.598 f). The Mettiya-
Dabba was given the rank of chief of those who appointed lodgings (senāsanapaññāpakānaṃ) (A.i.24) and was given the higher ordination (upasampadā) when only seven years old. He was called Dabba because he was said to be born of his mother while she was being burnt in the funeral pyre; when the flames were extinguished, the child was found lying on one of the posts of the pyre (dabbatthambhe) (ThagA.i.41; AA.i.152 f).
He was a millionaire’s son in Haṃsavatī in the time of Padumuttara Buddha, and it was then that he conceived the desire for the rank of chief assigner of lodgings. One hundred and three times he became king among devas and one hundred and five times king of men. In the time of Vipassī Buddha he spoke calumny about an Arahant Thera, hence the conspiracy against him by the Mettiyabhummajakā. In the time of Kassapa Buddha he, with six others, went to the top of a hill, determined not to return until they had accomplished their purpose, but five of them died before this came to pass. The other four were Pukkusāti, Sabhiya, Bāhiya, and Kumārakassapa (DhA.ii.212; ThagA.i.44 ﬀ; Ap.ii.471 f; UdA.81; Sp.ii.578 f).
Dabba evidently died young. The Udāna (Ud.viii.9; UdA.431 f ) contains an account of his death. One day, returning from his alms rounds in Rājagaha, he saw that he had but a short while yet to live. He went, therefore, to the Buddha and, with his leave, showed various psychic-