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Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita

1. Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita Thera.– An Arahant. He came, with forty thousand others, from Dakkhiṇāgiri-vihāra in Ujjeni, to the Foundation Ceremony of the Mahā Thūpa (Mhv.xxix.35) and took up his position at the western entrance. MT. 530.

2. Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita.– A monk of Corakaṇḍaka-vihāra; one of those who accepted the meal given by Prince Sāliya in his previous birth as a blacksmith. MT. 606.

3. Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita.– Called Malayavāsi Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita or Uparimaṇḍalakamalayavāsī. Tissabhūti went to him, on finding his mind corrupted by sinful thoughts, and having received from Saṅgharakkhita a topic of meditation, he attained to Arahantship (AA.i.23 f; MA.i.55). He was one of the last of the Arahants. J. L. Makārakkhira. J.iv.490; vi.30.

4. Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita.– Mentioned in the Commentaries as being free from impurities. e.g., MA.i.525; Vism.104; DhSA.268.

5. Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita Thera.– When over sixty years old and about to die, his companions questioned him on his transcendental attainment. “I have none,” he replied. A young monk who waited on him said that people had come from twelve leagues around in the belief that he had attained nibbāna. He then asked that he should be raised up and left alone. As soon as the others left him, he snapped his fingers to show that he had attained Arahantship. He confessed that he had never done anything without mindfulness and understanding. His nephew also attained Arahantship only after fifty years of age. Vism.47 f.

6. Mahā-Saṅgharakkhita.– An Arahant thera who taught Rūpadevī (q.v.)

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