Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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The story of a monk, living with Mahā-Kassapa, who returned to lay life and associated with bad companions. One day Kassapa saw him being led to execution for some crime and asked him to recall the meditation that, in former days, had enabled him to gain the fourth absorption (jhāna). The man did so and was without fear. The executioners, finding him unconcerned with their punishments of him, took him to the king who, after enquiry, released him. Later he visited the Buddha and became an Arahant. DhA.iv.52 f.