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Siṅgālapitā Thera

v.l. Siṅgālaka Thera.– He was a householder of Sāvatthi and had a son called Siṅgālaka. Later he entered the Order, and the Buddha asked him to meditate on the idea of a skeleton. He lived in the Bhesakalāvana in Suṃsumāragiri, and there a woodland sprite once encouraged him with a verse (Thag.vs.18). Thus, urged to strive, he developed insight and became an Arahant.

Ninety-four world-cycles ago he had given a tāla fruit to the Pacceka Buddha Sataraṃsī. In the time of Kassapa Buddha he was a monk and developed meditation on the idea of a skeleton. ThagA.i.70 f.

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