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Suhemanta Thera

He belonged to a rich brahmin family of a border kingdom. One day he heard the Buddha teach in the Deer Park in Saṅkassa, and, after joining the Order, became a reciter of the Tipiṭaka, attaining Arahantship in due course. He then became a teacher and counsellor of the monks, instructing them and solving their difficulties.

In the time of Tissa Buddha he was a forester, and, seeing the Buddha at the foot of a tree, offered him punnāga-flowers. Ninety-one world-cycles ago he was a king, named Tamonuda (Thag.vs.106; ThagA.i.212 f). He is evidently identical with Punnāgapupphiya of the Apadāna. Ap.i.180.

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