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Pakkha Thera

An Arahant. He was a Sākyan of Devadaha and was called Sammoda, but in his boyhood he suffered from rheumatism (vātaroga) and was crippled for some time; hence he came to be called “Pakkha” (cripple) even after his recovery. When the Buddha visited his kinsfolk he entered the Order and lived in the forest. One day he saw a kite flying up into the sky with some flesh, from which first one kite and then another grabbed a piece. Reflecting that worldly desires were like the flesh taken by the kite, he developed insight and attained Arahantship.

In the time of Vipassī Buddha he had been a yakkha general with a retinue of eighty-four thousand and had given the Buddha a divine robe.

Fifteen world-cycles ago he was sixteen times a Cakkavatti under the name of Suvāhana (Vāhaṃ). (Thag.vs.63; ThagA.i.144 f).

He is evidently identical with Mahāparivāra of the Apadāna. Ap.i.146 f.

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