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Paccaya

1. Paccaya Thera.– An Arahant. He belonged to a noble family of Rohī (Rohiṇī) and succeeded to his father’s estate. Once, when he was holding a ceremonial oblation, a great number of people assembled, and the Buddha, arriving among them, taught from the sky, seated in a jewelled pavilion made for him by Vessavaṇa. Paccaya heard the teaching and renounced the world, attaining Arahantship in a few days, and not leaving his cell until he had developed insight.

It is said that in the time of Kassapa Buddha, Paccaya was a monk who refused to leave the vihāra until he gained insight, but he died before his purpose was fulfilled. Earlier, ninety-one world-cycles ago, he had come across Vipassī Buddha, on the banks of the Vinatā, and had offered him a fig (udumbara) (Thag. vss. 222‑4; ThagA.i.341 f). He is probably identical with Udumbaraphaladāyaka of the Apadāna. Ap.i.295.

2. Paccaya.– The state elephant of Vessantara, brought to the stall by a female flying elephant, on the day of his birth, and deposited there. He was white in colour, and was called Paccaya because he supplied a need of Vemantara. J.vi.485.

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