1. Gotama Thera.– He belonged to a brahmin family of Rājagaha and was initiated at the age of seven. When he was seventeen, he fell into bad company, gave all he had to a courtesan and broke his vow of celibacy. He was then filled with remorse at the thought of what he had done, but the Buddha appeared before him and he entered the Order, becoming an Arahant in the tonsure-
He had been a householder in the time of Vipassī Buddha and had given to the Buddha an amoda-
2. Gotama Thera.– He belonged to the Sākyan clan and came to be known only by his clan-
3. Gotama Thera.– Also called Aparagotama. He was older than the Buddha and belonged to an Udicca-
4. Gotama Thera.– An Arahant, living in Piyaṅgudīpa. He was the teacher of Duṭṭhagāmaṇī (Mhv.xx.69). When the latter, during his flight from his brother, wished to give alms to a monk before eating, Gotama knew his desire and sent a monk named Tissa to accept the alms. When the food was brought to Piyaṅgudīpa, Gotama offered morsels of it to five hundred monks (twelve thousand, according to Mhv.xxxii.65) and, refilling the bowl with scraps of food, sent it back by air to the prince (Mhv.xxiv.24, 30; MT.465).
5. Gotama.– The name of the clan to which the Buddha and the Sākyā belonged. The members of the clan, though warriors (khattiya), claimed descent from a brahmin sage (isi), Gotama (For an explanation of this see Thomas, op.cit., 22 f). Gotama and Aṅgiras are both enumerated in the Pravara ceremony as the ancestors of the Gotama clan (Asvalāyana, Srauta-
Late Buddhists appear to have forgotten the Vedic rsi, for, according to an ancient legend, Okkāka, the immediate ancestor of the Sākyā, was born of an egg formed of the coagulated blood and semen of an ascetic Gotama, as he lay impaled for the alleged murder of a courtesan. The egg was hatched by the sun (Mtu.i.338 ﬀ; Rockhill, Buddha, 9 f).
Gotama is the name by which the Buddha is addressed by brahmins and others who are not his followers. In one place, at least, the Buddha is represented as addressing the Sākyā as “Gotamā.” (S.iv.183). The Gotama-
6. Gotama.– A brahmin sage, his full name being Aṅgirasa Gotama. See Aṅgirasa (7).
7. Gotama.– The name of the brahmin chaplain in the Bhikkhāparampara Jātaka. The scholiast adds that it was his clan name (gotta) (J.iv.371, 372).
9. Gotama.– A thera in Sri Lanka who wrote a Sinhalese paraphrase to the Sambandhacintā. He belonged to the Araññavāsī sect and was a pupil of Vanaratana Ānanda (P.L.C.199, 220).
10. Gotama.– See Āḷavi-
11. Gotama.– The last of the twenty-