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Sujāta

1. See Sujāta Buddha

2. Sujāta.– Cousin of Padumuttara Buddha and brother of Devala. He later became one of Padumuttara’s Chief Disciples (Bu.xi.24; BuA.159; DA.ii.489).

Heraññakāni (Upaḍḍhadussadāyaka) Thera, in a previous birth, gave him a piece of cloth for a robe (ThagA.i.266; Ap.ii.435), while Khemā gave him three meal cakes and cut off her hair as an offering to him (ThigA.127; AA.i.187). Dhammadinnā also did obeisance to him and offered him alms (ThigA.196; MA.i.516).

3. Sujāta.– An Ājīvaka, who gave grass for his seat to Piyadassī Buddha. BuA.172.

4. Sujāta.– A king, father of Nārivāhana (q.v.)

5. Sujāta.– A king, who later became a hermit. He was the Bodhisatta in the time of Tissa Buddha. Bu.xviii.9 f; J.i.40.

6. Sujāta.– A grain-watcher (yavapālaka), who gave grass for his seat to Vipassī Buddha. BuA.195.

7. Sujāta.– A king of fifty-seven world-cycles ago; a former birth of Raṃsisaññaka Thera. Ap.i.210.

8. Sujāta.– The name of Upāli Thera (q.v.) in the time of Padumuttara Buddha. ThagA.i.229.

9. Sujāta Thera.– He was a brahmin of Bārāṇasī, father of Sundarī Therī. While grieving for the death of his son, he met Vāseṭṭhī Therī, and from her he heard about the Buddha, whom he visited at Mithilā.

He entered the Order under the Buddha, attaining Arahantship on the third day (ThigA.229).

It is perhaps this Thera who is mentioned in the Saṃyuttanikāya (S.ii.278 f ) as having won the special praise of the Buddha because of his bright expression.

10. Sujāta.– A householder of Bārāṇasī. He once went to hear the leader of a company of ascetics teach in the royal park and spent the night there. During the night, he saw Sakka arrive with his apsarases to pay homage to the ascetics, and he fell in love with one of them. His passion for her was so great that he died of starvation. The story is given in the Mahāsutasoma Jātaka. J.v.468 f.

11. Sujāta.– The Bodhisatta born as a landowner of Bārāṇasī. See the Sujāta Jātaka (3).

12. Sujāta.– Son of the Assaka king in Polanagara. He was expelled from the country at the request of his stepmother and lived in the forest. At that time Mahā-Kaccāna, following on the holding of the First Council, was living in the Assaka country. One of Sujāta’s friends, a devaputta in Tāvatiṃsa, appeared before Sujāta in the shape of a deer, and, after leading him to Mahā-Kassapa, disappeared. Sujāta saw the Thera and talked with him. Mahā-Kassapa saw that Sujāta had but five months to live, and, after stirring up his mind, sent him back to his father, urging him to good deeds. When the king heard his story he sent a messenger for Mahā-Kaccāna. Sujāta lived another four months and, after death, was reborn in Tāvatiṃsa. Later he visited Mahā-Kaccāna to show his gratitude and revealed his identity.

The story is known as the Cūḷarathavimāna. Vv.v.13; VvA.259‑270.

13. Sujāta.– Called Sujāta Pippalāyana of Mahātittha. He married the daughter of the brahmin Kapila, a previous birth of Bhaddā-Kāpilānī. ThigA.73.

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