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Saddhammajotipāla

Generally known as Chapaṭa. Pupil of Uttarajīva of Pagan. He went to Sri Lanka with his teacher, received the higher ordination there, and lived in the Mahāvihāra for some years. Among his works are the Kaccāyana suttaniddesa, the Saṅkhepavaṇṇanā, the Sīmālaṅkāra, the Vinayagūlhatthadīpanī, the Nāmācāradīpanī (on ethics), the Ganthisāra (an anthology of texts), and the Mātukatthadīpanī and Paṭṭhānaganānaya (both on Abhidhamma topics).

On Chapaṭa’s return to Burma, he brought four companions from Sri Lanka — Rāhula, Ānanda, Sīvalī and Tāmalinda — and, with their help, he founded the Sīhalasaṅgha in Pagan, followers of the Mahāvihāra tradition. King Narapatisithu gave them his patronage, but extended it to other sects as well, and the Sīhalasaṅgha, therefore, remained only as one sect among several in Burma. Chapaṭa lived in the twelfth century. Gv.64, 74; Sās.65, 74; Svd.1247 f,; Bode, 17, 18, 19.

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