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Kuṭivihārī Thera

1. Kuṭivihārī Thera.– An Arahant. He was the son of a nobleman in the Vajjī country, and having heard the Buddha teach the Ratana Sutta he left the world. One day, while striving after insight, he was caught in the rain and sought shelter in a woodman’s hut. As soon as he sat down there on a mat he became an Arahant. The Buddha, having heard by virtue of his divine ear the conversation between the monk and the watchman, uttered verses of approbation. The monk was so called because he obtained insight in a hut.

In the past he had given cool water to Padumuttara Buddha (Thag.v.56; ThagA.i.129 f).

He is probably identical with Udakapūjaka Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.i.142 f.

2. Kuṭivihārī Thera.– An Arahant. His story is similar to the above. He pursued his meditations in a very old hut and had thoughts of building another; but a spirit, seeking his welfare, pointed out to him in words which, though simple, carried a profound meaning, that a new hut would mean new pain. Thus urged on, Kuṭivihārī became an Arahant.

In the past he gave a fan of split reeds to Padumuttara Buddha (Thag.v.57; ThagA.i.130 f). He is probably identical with Naḷamāliya Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.i.143 f.

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