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Dīpaṅkara Buddha

The first of the twenty-four Buddhas.

It was during the time of Dīpaṅkara Buddha that the ascetic Sumedha (q.v.), who later became Gotama Buddha, first declared his intention of becoming an aspirant for Enlightenment (a Bodhisatta).

After Dīpaṅkara’s death, his doctrine lasted for one hundred thousand years. Bu.ii.207 ff; BuA.104 f; J.i.29; Mhv.i.5; Dpv.iii.31; DhA.i.69; but see Mtu.i.193 ff., where the details differ from those given here.

2. Dīpaṅkara.– See Buddhappiya.

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