1. Sela.– A king of long ago who, in spite of great sacrifices, could not get beyond the world of hungry ghosts (peta). J.vi.99.
2. Sela.– A brahmin of Aṅguttarāpa. He was a great friend of Keniya, the Jaṭila, and visited him when Keṇiya was making preparations to entertain the Buddha. Having heard the word “Buddha” from Keṇiya, Sela was filled with joy and fortitude, and went with his two hundred and fifty pupils to visit the Buddha in the woodland near Āpaṇa. There he observed on the person of the Buddha the thirty-
In the time of Padumuttara Buddha Sela had been the leader of the same guild of three hundred men, and, together with them, had built a pariveṇa for the Buddha and done many good acts. As a result of these they received the “come bhikkhu” going-
Mahāsela, mentioned as the teacher of Sugandha Thera (ThagA.i.80 f), is probably identical with this Sela. Sela lived to the age of one hundred and twenty (DA.ii.413).
According to the Dhammapada Commentary (DhA.i.384; also AA.i.219), the Buddha first met Sela on his way to Bhaddiya to convert Visākhā and her kinswomen. Visākhā was then seven years old. The Apadāna says (Ap.i.318) that Sela’s father was a wealthy brahmin, named Vāseṭṭha.