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Sāḷha

1. Sāḷha.– Called Migāranattā. He once visited Nandaka Thera with Sekhuniya's grandson, Rohana. See the Sāḷha Sutta (A.i.193 f). He built a vihāra for the nuns and Sundarī-Nandā was appointed to supervise the work. As a result, Sāḷha and Sundarī-Nandā saw each other frequently and fell in love. Wishing to seduce her, Sāḷha invited a party of nuns to his house and set apart seats for those nuns who were older than Nandā in one part, and for those younger in another, so that Nandā would be alone. However, guessing the reason for the invitation, she did not go, and instead sent an attendant nun to Sāḷha’s house for her alms, excusing herself on the plea that she was taken ill. Sāḷha, hearing of this, set a servant to look after the other nuns and ran off to the monastery. Nandā, on her bed, was waiting for him, and he seduced her (Vin.iv.211 f). Buddhaghosa explains (Sp.iv.900) that Sāḷha was called Migāranattā because he was the grandson of Migāramātā, (Visākhā).

2. Sāḷha.– A Licchavi, who once visited the Buddha at the Kūṭāgārasālā (A.ii.200). See Sāḷha Sutta (2).

3. Sāḷha.– A monk of Ñātika. The Buddha declared that he died an Arahant. D.ii.191; S.v.356.

4. Sāḷha.– An eminent monk who took a prominent part in the Second Council. He lived in Sahajāti, and, on hearing of the heresy of the Vajjiputtakā, retired into solitude in order to decide whether he thought their contentions right. There an inhabitant of Suddhāvāsā informed him that the Vajjiputtakā were wrong. He was one of the four appointed on behalf of the Pācinakā (Vajjiputtakā) on the committee which discussed the dispute. He was a pupil of Ānanda. Vin.ii.302 ff; Mhv.iv.4 f , 48, 57; Dpv.iv.49; v.22; Sp.i.34.

1. Sāḷha Sutta.– Records a conversation between Nandaka Thera, Sāḷha Migāranattā, and Rohaṇa Sekhuniya-nattā. A.i.193 f.

2. Sāḷha Sutta.– The Licchavis, Sāḷha and Abhaya, visit the Buddha at the Kūṭāgārasālā and question him regarding the way that is made by purity of morals and that made by self mortification. The Buddha answers the question with many similes. The last part of the sutta describes a fighting man who is a “long distance shooter,” one who shoots by lightning, and a smasher of large objects, and the corresponding classes of the Noble disciples. A.ii.200 f.

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