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Ajita

1. Ajita.– A monk. He devoted his time to explaining the Pāṭimokkha rules to the monks. At the time of the Second Council he was a monk of ten years’ standing and was appointed to assign seats to the elders. Vin.ii.305.

2. Ajita.– A wanderer who visited the Buddha, and at whose instigation the Buddha taught the bhikkhus on the difference between Dhamma and Adhamma. A.v.229 ff.

3. Ajita.– A brahmin, the Bodhisatta in the time of Sobhita Buddha. J.i.35.

4. Ajita.– General of the Licchavis and follower of the Buddha. Immediately after his death he was born in Tāvatiṃsa; he visited the Buddha to refute a statement made about him by the naked ascetic Pāthikaputta to the effect that he had been born in the great hell (Mahāniraya) as a result of having followed the teaching of the Buddha. D.iii.15‑16; DA.iii.825.

5. Ajita.– See Ajita-mānava.

6. Ajita.– Thera (Ap.i.335 ff), probably to be identified with Ajita (5), but the story of his past differs completely from that of Ajita-māṇava given in the Theragāthā Commentary. In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he lit a lamp in front of the Enlightened One. As a result of this he enjoyed happiness in heaven for 60,000 world-cycles, and when he was born from Tusita in this Buddha-age there was a great light on the day of his birth. He is stated to have been a disciple of Bāvarī (Ap.i.337, 28), but he heard of the Buddha while in Himavā. Later he became an Arahant.

7. Ajita.– The lay name of Metteyya Buddha in his last birth, when he will attain Enlightenment. Anāgatavaṃsa, pp.43, 45, 56.

8. Ajita.– A Pacceka-Buddha who lived ninety-one world-cycles ago. Dāsaka Thera, in a previous birth, gave him mangoes to eat (Ajina). ThagA.i.68.

9. Ajita.– A brahmin, a previous birth of Citakapūjaka Thera; he offered flowers to Sikhī Buddha. Ap.i.243.

Ajita Sutta.– Taught by the Buddha to Ajita the Paribbājaka on the difference between Dhamma and Adhamma. A.v.229 ff.

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