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Vipassī Buddha

The nineteenth of the twenty-four Buddhas.

Three reasons are given for the name of this Buddha:² 1) Because he could see as well by night as by day; 2) because he had broad eyes; 3) because he could see clearly after investigation. Vipassī held the uposatha only once in seven years,³ but on such occasions the whole Saṅgha was present.⁴ The construction of a Gandhakuṭi for Vipassī brought Meṇḍaka great glory in the present age. Meṇḍaka’s name at the time was Avaroja.⁵ Aññāta-Koṇḍañña was then known as Cūḷakāla, and nine times he gave Vipassī Buddha the first fruits of his fields.⁶

¹ Bu.xx.1 ff; BuA.195 f; D.ii.2 ff. ² BuA.195; cf. DA.ii.454; SA.ii.15 ³ DhA.iii.236.

⁴ Sp.i.186. ⁵ DhA.iii.364 f ⁶ DhA.i.81 f.

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