An arahant, preceptor of Ānanda. He was once afflicted with scurvy and his robes clung to him. The monks thereupon applied water to the robes, but when the Buddha heard of it he made a rule allowing necessary therapeutic measures. Vin.i.202 Vin.i.295f.
At one time this Thera would lie in the forest where he kept a store of dried boiled rice. When he needed food, after samāpatti he would sprinkle water on the rice and eat it instead of going for alms. When this was reported to the Buddha, he blamed Belatthasīsa for storing up food and promulgated a rule forbidding this. Vin.iv.86 His Theragāthā verses speak of how the days pass happily. Thag.16