A monk. In the Saṃyuttanikāya (S.iv.52) he is represented as asking the Buddha if it were possible, by means of any of the senses, to recognise and proclaim the past Buddhas. The Buddha replies in the negative. It is probably the same monk who is mentioned in the Aṅguttaranikāya (A.iii.379 ﬀ) as having been visited during his illness by the Buddha on the suggestion of Ānanda. The Buddha found Phagguna in bed and grievously ill, and he talked to him and comforted him. Phagguna died soon after, having attained Arahantship.
See also Moliya Phagguna.
2. Phagguna Sutta.– Contains an account of the Buddha’s visit to Phagguna when the latter lay ill. At the end of the sutta is a list of six advantages of hearing the Dhamma and of testing its goodness in time. A.iii.379 ﬀ.
3. Moḷiyaphagguna Sutta.– A discussion between the Buddha and Moliya Phagguna as to whether anyone feeds on consciousness, exercises contact, feels, has craving, etc. The Buddha says that the question is badly formed; all these activities are conditioned by other activities, and so on. S.ii.12 ﬀ.