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Pālita

1. Pālita (Pālika).– Nephew of Cakkhupāla. When Cūḷapāla, brother of Cakkhupāla, heard of the latter’s blindness, he sent Pālita to fetch him, and, in order to protect him from danger on the way, had him ordained before he set forth. While returning with Cakkhupāla, Pālita heard the song of a woman collecting firewood, and, making some excuse, left Cakkhupāla and had intimacy with her. When Cakkhupāla heard what had happened, he refused to go any farther with him. ThagA.i.197 f.

2. Pālita.– A young prince (rājakumāra) of Sumaṅgala city. He and his friend, Sabbadassī, son of the chaplain, visited Piyadassī Buddha and entertained him for seven days, after which they entered the Order, becoming Arahants in due time. Later, they became the chief disciples of Piyadassī Buddha. Bu.xiv.20; BuA.176; J.i.39.

3. Pālita.– The constant attendant of Maṅgala Buddha. Bu.iv.23; J.i.34.

4. Pālita.– A Nāga king in the time of Padumuttara Buddha, a previous birth of Rāhula (q.v.) SA.iii.26; MA.ii.722,1023; but see SNA.i.341, where he is called Saṅkha.

At AA.i.143 his name is given as Pathavindhara.

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