Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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The thirteenth of the twenty-four Buddhas.
He was born in Sudhañña (Sudassana) and his mother was Sucandā (Candā).
He was called Piyadassī because he showed many pleasing miracles.
For nine thousand years he lived as a layman in three palaces: Sunimala, Vimala, and Giriguhā (Giribrahā).
His wife was Vimalā and his son Kañcanavela (Kañcana).
He left home in a chariot and practised austerities for six months.
He was given milk-rice by Vasabha’s daughter and grass for his seat by the Ajīvaka Sujāta.
His Bodhi tree was a Kakudha tree.
Among his converts were the deva king Sudassana and the elephant Doṇamukha.
A monk named Soṇa conspired with Prince Mahāpaduma to kill the Buddha, Doṇamukha being the elephant they used in their unsuccessful plot. Cp. Nāḷāgiri.
Piyadassī’s chief disciples were Pālita and Sabbadassī among monks and Sujātā and Dhammadinnā among nuns, his constant attendant being Sobhita. Sannaka and Dhammika were his chief lay patrons among men, and Visākhi and Dhammadinnā among women.
He lived for ninety thousand years and died at Assatthārāma, his thūpa being three leagues in height.
The Bodhisatta of that time was a brahmin named Kassapa, and he built a monastery for the Buddha at a cost of one trillion. Bu.xiv.1 ﬀ; BuA.172 ﬀ; J.i.38 f., etc.