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Teacher and later chaplain to the Buddha's father, Śuddhodana. When the Buddha was born, Asita made a prophesy about the child's destiny based on the auspicious marks on its body (see dvātriṃśadvara-lakṣaṇa; anuvyañjana; mahāpuruṣa). He rejoiced in the birth of a future Buddha but was saddened by the realization that he would not be alive to hear his teachings. Because of his great prowess in meditation he was reborn in an immaterial (ārūpya) dimension after death.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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