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Sobhita

1. See Sobhita Buddha

2. Sobhita.– The constant attendant of Piyadassī Buddha. Bu.xiv.20; J.i.34.

3. Sobhita.– See Sobhana (3)

4. Sobhita.– A Pacceka Buddha (M.iii.71). Ninety-four world-cycles ago he lived in Cittakūṭa, and Kaṇhadinna, in a previous birth, offered him punnāga-flowers (ThagA.i.304; cf. Ap.ii.416).

5. Sobhita.– A mountain near Himavā. Ap.i.328, 416.

6. Sobhita.– A brahmin in the time of Padumuttara Buddha; a previous birth of Sāgata Thera. He uttered verses in praise of Padumuttara. Ap.i.83.

7. Sobhita.– An ascetic (tāpasa) in the time of Padumuttara Buddha; he was a previous birth of Tissa-Metteyya. Ap.ii.339.

8. Sobhita Thera.– He belonged to a brahmin family of Sāvatthi and, after hearing the Buddha teach, entered the Order, attaining Arahantship. Later the Buddha declared him foremost among those who could remember former births (pubbenīvāsānussarantānaṃ).

He had resolved to win this eminence in the time of Padumuttara Buddha, when he was a householder in Haṃsavatī.

In the time of Sumedha Buddha he was a brahmin, expert in the Vedas. Later he left household life and lived in a hermitage near Himavā.

Having heard of the appearance of a Buddha in the world, he went to Bandhumatī with all possible speed and uttered the Buddha’s praises in six stanzas (A.i.25; Thag.vss.165, 166; AA.i.172; ThagA.i.288 f).

He is evidently identical with Ñāṇatthavika of the Apadāna (Ap.ii.421 f). He was once accused of claiming to possess superior human states (uttari­manussadhamma), but was exonerated by the Buddha (Vin.iii.109). He was evidently an exponent of the Abhidhamma (see DhSA., p.32).

9. Sobhita Thera.– An Arahant (Ap.i.163). He is evidently identical with Rakkhita Thera. ThagA.i.173.

10. Sobhita.– A monastery (ārāma) in Haṃsavatī, on the banks of the river, and at the city gate. Padumuttara Buddha once lived there. Ap.ii.343.

11. Sobhita.– See Khujjasobhita Thera.

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