1. Dāsaka Thera.– He was born in Sāvatthi and was appointed by Anāthapiṇḍika to look after the vihāra. There, being impressed by what he saw and heard, he entered the Order. Some say that he was the son of a slave-
Perhaps it is this same Dāsaka who is mentioned in the Saṃyuttanikāya (S.iii.127 ﬀ; SA.ii.230) as having been sent by the monks of Kosambī to Khemaka, carrying messages to and fro until he had walked up and down over two leagues (yojana).
2. Dāsaka Thera.– A friend of Soṇaka Thera and pupil of Upāli. He was a learned brahmin of Vesāli, and, meeting Upāli at the Vālikārāma, had a discussion with him, at the end of which he entered the Order for the purpose of studying the Doctrine. He learnt the whole of the Tipiṭaka and became an Arahant. Later he ordained Soṇaka, son of the caravan-