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1. Phussa Buddha

The eighteenth of the twenty four Buddhas. He was born in the Sirimāuyyāna in Kāsi, his father being the khattiya Jayasena and his mother Sirimā. AA. (i. 144) says that his father was Mahinda and that he had three stepbrothers. One of them was Uruvela Kassapa (i. 165) in this birth.

He lived for six thousand years in three palaces: Garula, Hamsa and Suvannabhara. His wife was Kisāgotamī and his son Ananda (or Anūpama). His body was fifty eight cubits high. He left the world riding an elephant, and practiced austerities for six months. A setthi's daughter, Sirivaddhā, gave him milk rice, while an ascetic, named Sirivaddha, gave him grass for his seat, under an āmanda (or āmalaka )tree. His chief disciples were Sukhita (or Surakkhita) and Dhammasena among men and Cālā (or Sālā) and Upacālā (Upasālā) among women. His personal attendant was Sambhiya. Dhanañjaya and Visākha among men, and Padumā and Nāgā among women, were his chief lay patrons. The Bodhisatta was a khattiya named Vijitāvī of Arimanda. The Buddha lived for ninety thousand years and died at the Sonārāma (Setārāma) in Kusinārā. His relies were scattered (Bu.xix.1ff.; BuA.192f.; PvA.19f). Ambapālī was his sister. Ap.ii. 613.



2. Phussa Thera He was the son of a ruler of a province and was trained in all accomplishments. Having heard a great Thera preach, he left the world and joined the Order. He practiced jhāna and became an arahant. One day an ascetic named Pandarassagotta heard him preach and questioned him on the future progress of Bhikkhus. Phussa's reply is contained in the Theragāthā, vs. 949 80; ThagA.ii.82f.

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