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Vācissara

1. Vācissara.– A Singhalese monk who wrote Commentaries to Buddhadatta’s works: the Abhidhammāvatāra, the Vinayavinicchaya, the Uttaravinicchaya, and the Khemappakaraṇa.

He probably belonged to the twelfth century, and was also the author of the Rūpārūpavibhāga and the Sīmālaṅkārasaṅghaha (q.v.) P.L.C.108 f., 156, 174, 202; also Gv.62, 71.

2. Vācissara.– A monk of Sri Lanka, pupil of Sāriputta Thera.

Numerous works are assigned to him, among them Commentaries on the various books of grammar: the Sambandhacintā-ṭīkā, the Subodhālaṅkāra-ṭīkā, and the Vuttodayavivaraṇa.

He also wrote the Sumaṅgalapasādanī on the Khuddasikkhā and a commentary on the Moggallānavyākarana (P.L.C. 204).

He seems also to have written the Pāḷi Thūpavaṃsa and several books in Singhalese. P.L.C.217; also Gv.62, 71.

3. Vācissara Thera.– Probably identical with (2) above.

He was at the head of the Saṅgha in the reign of Vijayabāhu III, and had hidden the Almsbowl and Tooth relic of the Buddha in Koṭṭhumala, in order to preserve them. After that, he went to South India for protection. Later, he was sent for by Vijayabāhu, whom he helped in the reformation of the Saṅgha. Cv.lxxxi.18 ff.

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