1. Pārāsariya Thera.– A brahmin of Rājagaha, expert in the three Vedas. He belonged to the family of Pārāsara, hence his name. He was a teacher of many brahmins up to the time of his witnessing the miracles attending the Buddha’s visit to Rājagaha. Thereupon he joined the Order and shortly after became an Arahant.
In the time of Piyadassī Buddha he was a hunter, and while hunting in the forest, he saw the Buddha in meditation, and erected a hut over him, covering it with lilies. For seven days he renewed the supply of flowers. On the seventh day a large concourse of humans and devas assembled to hear the Buddha teach. The hunter listened to the discourse, and was born after death in the deva world (Thag.vs.116; ThagA.i.229 ﬀ). He is probably identical with Padumakūṭāgāriya of the Apadāna (Ap.i.326 ﬀ). v.l. Pārāpariya.
2. Pārāsariya.– A brahmin teacher mentioned in the Indriyabhāvanā Sutta. He is said, by his pupil Uttara, to have taught that those who have developed their faculties could neither see forms with their eyes nor hear sounds with their ears (M.iii.298). He is perhaps identical with Pārāpariya Thera.
4. Pārāsariya.– The Bodhisatta born as a teacher of Takkasilā (J.iii.160). His family name was Pārāsariya (Ibid., 161). For details see the Venasākha Jātaka.