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Story of Vessabhu Buddha
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Vessabhu Buddha on the panel Cave 17, Ajanta
Vessabhu in the Pali tradition is reckoned as the twenty-first Buddha. He was born in Anoma. The name of his father was Supattita and of the mother Yasavati. He was called so because when born he shouted like a bull. The name of his wife was Suchitta; and of the son was Suppabuddha.
He lived as a
house-holder for six thousand years and lived in three palaces, namely,
Ruchi, Suruchi and Vaddhana. He renounced home on a golden palaquin;
and practised austerities for only six months. Just before his
Enlightenment he accepted the milk-rice from Sirivaddhana. Naga king
Narinda had prepared his seat. The tree under which he attained
Enlightenment was the Sal. He delivered his first sermon to his brothers
Sona and Uttara, who became his chief disciples. His chief attendant was
Upasanta (also called Upasannaka). Sotthika and Rama among men and Gotami
and Sirima among the women were his chief patrons.
He died in Khemarama
at the age of sixty thousand.
The Bodhisatta lived
as king of Sarabhavati and had the name Sudassana during the time of
Note: He is called Vishvabhu in the Divyavadana 333.
See Buddhavamsa xxii.1 ff; Buddhavamsa Atthakatha 205 ff. Digha Nikaya ii.5.
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