1. Subhadda.– One of the chief lay patrons of Dhammadassī Buddha. Bu.xvi.20.
2. Subhadda.– A youth who joined the Order under Koṇḍañña Buddha with ten thousand others, and became an Arahant. He was the Buddha’s leading disciple (aggasāvaka). Bu.iii.30; J.i.30; BuA.111.
3. Subhadda.– A grain-
5. Subhadda.– A barber of Ātumā. He entered the Order and resented having to observe various rules, great and small. When the Buddha died and the monks stood weeping, Subhadda asked them to rejoice instead, saying: “We are well rid of the Great Recluse; we shall now do just as we like.” Mahā-
Subhadda had been a novice (sāmaṇera) at the time of the Buddha’s visit to Ātumā, and had two sons before he joined the Order. When he heard that the Buddha was coming, he sent for his two sons and gave orders for various foods to be collected to feed the Buddha and the twelve hundred and fifty monks. The Buddha arrived in the evening and took up his residence in Ātumā. All night long Subhadda went about giving instructions regarding the preparation of the food. In the morning of the next day the Buddha went out for alms, and Subhadda approached him and invited him to partake of the food which he had prepared. However, the Buddha questioned him, and, discovering what he had done, refused to accept the meal, forbidding the monks to do so too. This angered Subhadda, and he awaited an opportunity of expressing his disapproval of the Buddha. This opportunity came when he heard of the Buddha’s death. DA.ii.599; cf. Vin.i.249 f.
6. Subhadda Thera.– He was a brahmin of high rank (of the udicca-
Buddhaghosa says (DA.ii.590) that when the Buddha gave him permission to ordain Subhadda, Ānanda took him outside, poured water over his head, made him repeat the formula of the impermanence of the body, shaved off his hair and beard, clad him in yellow robes, made him repeat the Three Refuges, and then led him back to the Buddha. The Buddha himself admitted Subhadda to the higher ordination and gave him a subject for meditation. Subhadda took this and, walking up and down in a quiet part of the grove, attained Arahantship and came and sat down beside the Buddha.
In the past, Subhadda and Aññāta-
The conversation between the Buddha and Subhadda forms the topic of a dilemma in the Milindapañha (p.130). Subhadda’s ordination was the Buddha’s last “official” act. KhA.,p.89.