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Sumedha

1. See Sumedha Buddha

2. Sumedha.– The Bodhisatta in the time of Dīpaṅkara Buddha. He was a very rich brahmin of Amaravatī, and, having left the world, became an ascetic of great power in the Himavā. While on a visit to Ramma-nagara, he saw people decorating the road for Dīpaṅkara Buddha, and undertook to do one portion of the road himself. The Buddha arrived before his work was finished, and Sumedha lay down on a rut for the Buddha to walk over him. He resolved that he, too, would become a Buddha, and Dīpaṅkara, looking into the future, saw that his wish would come true. This was the beginning of Gotama Buddha’s qualification for Enlightenment. J.i.2 ff; DhA.i.68; Bu.ii.5 ff; SNA.i.49; in Chinese Records he is called Megha. The Dvy. (p.247) calls him Sumati.

3. Sumedha.– A warrior (khattiya), father of Dīpaṅkara Buddha. J.i.29; Bu.ii.207.

4. Sumedha.– A warrior, father of Nārada Buddha. J.i.37; but Bu.x.18 calls him Sudeva.

5. Sumedha.– The name of a brahmin family in the time of Tissa Buddha. Vārana Thera was born in the family. ThagA.i.353.

6. Sumedha.– A personal attendant (upaṭṭhāka) of Sumedha Buddha, whom Piliṇḍavaccha met at that time. Ap.i.59; but see Bu.xii.23, where Sumedha’s personal attendant is called Sāgara. Perhaps this refers to another.

7. Sumedha.– A king of twenty world-cycles ago, a previous birth of Avopupphiya Thera. Ap.i.112.

8. Sumedha.– A king of seven world-cycles ago, a previous birth of Padasaññaka Thera. Ap.i.119.

9. Sumedha.– An elder of Sri Lanka, at whose request Buddhanāga wrote the Vinayatthamañjūsā. P.L.C. 201.

10. Sumedha.– A Thera of Cūtaggāma, probably of the fourteenth century; author of the Sādhucaritodaya and the Anāpattidīpanī. P.L.C.247.

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