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Jotidāsa Thera

A wealthy brahmin of Pādiyattha (Pāniyattha). One day, seeing Mahā-Kassapa going for alms, he entertained the elder and requested him to teach. On a hill near the village Jotidāsa built a vihāra for Kassapa and provided him with the requisites. Moved by the elder’s teaching, he left the world and soon after became an Arahant. After ten years — during which he learnt the Tipiṭaka, being specially proficient in the Vinaya — while on his way to Sāvatthi to see the Buddha, he entered a Paribbājakārāma, and there had a discussion with them on how to burn away evil. At the end of the discussion, they were ordained under him.

In the time of Sikhī Buddha he was a householder and, seeing the Buddha, offered him a kāsumārika-fruit (Thag.143‑4; ThagA.i.264 f).

He is probably identical with Kāsumāraphaladāyaka of the Apadāna ii.445. However, see Sīvaka Thera.

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