1. Upatissa.– The personal name of Sāriputta (q.v.)
2. Upatissa.– Chief priest (purohita) to Vijaya, king of Sri Lanka. He founded a settlement at Upatissagāma. Mhv.vii.44; Dpv.ix.32, 36.
3. Upatissa I.– King of Sri Lanka. He reigned for forty-
4. Upatissa II.– King of Sri Lanka. He was the husband of the sister of Moggallāna I and was his general. He killed Sīva I, and became king, his reign lasting only one year and a half (A.C. 522‑24). He had a son Kassapa, called Girikassapa by virtue of his prowess, and a daughter who married Silākāla. Silākāla became a rebel and seized Upatissa’s kingdom. (For an account of Upatissa see Cv.xli.5 f). Upatissa belonged to the Lambakaṇṇā clan, and in Sinhalese writing is called Lāmāni-
5. Upatissa.– Son of Silākāla and brother of Dāṭhāpabhuti and Moggallāna II. He was a good-
6. Upatissa Thera.– Called Pāsānadīpavāsī Upatissa. He appears to have written a Commentary on the Mahāvaṃsa, which the author of the Mahāvaṃsa Ṭīkā used for his own work, sometimes criticising its comments. See, e.g., MT.47.
7. Upatissa.– Thera of Tambapapidīpa (Sri Lanka), perhaps to be identified with (6) above. He and his colleague, Phussadeva, are often mentioned as being expert exponents of the Vinaya. Upatissa had two pupils, Mahāpaduma and Mahāsumma, who became very famous as experts in the Vinaya (vinayadharā). Mahāpaduma “read” through the Vinaya eighteen times with his teacher, and Mahāsumma nine times (Sp.i.263 f). Buddhaghosa evidently regarded with great respect the explanations of various Vinaya questions as given by Upatissa, for he often quotes him. See, e.g., Sp.ii.456; iii.624, 714; iv.890.
10. Upatissa Thera.– He wrote a commentary on Kassapa’s Anāgatavaṃsa. Gv.p.72.
12. Upatissa Thera.– Sometimes called Arahā Upatissa, author of the Vimuttimagga (P.L.C. 86). He probably lived about the first century B.C. J.P.T.S. 1919, pp.69 ﬀ; see also NidA. (P.T.S.); introd. vi f.
13. Upatissa Thera.– Author of the Saddhammappajjotikā, the commentary on the Mahā Niddesa, written at the request of Deva Thera (NidA.ii.108). His residence was on the western side of the Mahā Cetiya within the precincts of the Mahāvihāra in Anurādhapura, and it was built by a minister, Kittissena.
Some MSS. give the author’s name as Upasena. For his age, see Saddhammappajjotikā.