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Vaḍḍha

1. Vaḍḍha.– A Licchavi. He was a friend of the Mettiya­bhummajakā (q.v.), and, at their instigation, charged Dabba Mallaputta with having committed adultery with his wife. Dabba repudiated the charge, and the Buddha ordered the monks to overturn the almsbowl (pattanikkujjana) for Vaḍḍha. When Ānanda visited Vaḍḍha and told him this news he fell in a faint, and, later, visited the Buddha with his family to ask for forgiveness. He was ordered to go before the Saṅgha and confess his error, after which the sentence was revoked. Vin.ii.124 ff.

He is probably identical with Vaḍḍhamāna Thera (q.v.)

2. Vaḍḍha Thera.– He belonged to a householder’s family of Bhārukaccha. His mother (Vaḍḍhamātā) left the household, entrusting him to her kinsfolk, joined the Order and became an Arahant. Vaḍḍha became a monk under Veḷudatta and developed into an eloquent teacher. One day he visited his mother alone and without his cloak, and was rebuked by her. Agitated by this, he returned to his monastery, and, during his siesta, developed insight, attaining Arahantship. ThagA.i.413 f. Six of his verses appear in Thag.335‑9; cp. Thig.210‑12.

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