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A wealthy financier (seṭṭhi) of Śrāvastī who became a leading lay follower of the Buddha. He was converted on his first meeting with the Buddha and became a śrotāpanna. His name means ‘feeder of the destitute’ and he was renowned for his generosity towards the Saṃgha. He bought a park near Śrāvastī and constructed a famous monastery known as the Jetavana for use by the Buddha and his monks. In the course of time he gave away all his wealth and, predeceasing the Buddha, was said to be reborn in heaven.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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