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Khitaka Thera

1. Khitaka Thera.– An Arahant. He was born in a brahmin family in Sāvatthi, and having heard of the supernormal powers of Mahā-Moggallāna entered the Order, wishing to attain to a like proficiency. He developed sixfold higher knowledges (abhiññā) and great supernormal powers.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he was a yakkha chief, and when he saw the Buddha and greeted him, the Buddha, to his great joy, taught him. Eighty world-cycles ago he became king under the name of Sumaṅgala (Thag.v.104; ThagA.i.209 f). He is probably identical with Supāricariya of the Apadāna. Ap.i.181.

2. Khitaka Thera.– An Arahant. He was born in a brahmin family of Kosala and, having heard the Buddha teach, entered the Order, in due course winning Arahantship. Later he dwelt in the forest, stirring enthusiasm in the forest-dwelling monks.

In the time of Vipassī Buddha he was a park-keeper, and having seen the Buddha going through the air offered him a coconut fruit, which the Buddha stopped to accept (Thag.vv.191‑2; ThagA.315 f).

He is probably identical with Nāḷikeraphaladāyaka Thera of the Apadāna (Ap.ii.447 f). His Apadāna verses are also found under the name of Kuṇḍala Thera. ThagA.i.72.

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