One of the two chief disciples of Vipassī Buddha. DN.ii.4


A monk who was reborn as a Brahmā with great iddhi-powers. Moggallāna visited him soon after his birth in the Brahma-world and asked him questions about devas and Brahmas who were assured of salvation.AN.iii.331 AN.iv.75ff. He was evidently the Tissa mentioned as being present at the Mahāsamaya. DN.ii.261


A friend of Metteyya. They together visited the Buddha at Jetavana and, having listened to his teaching, entered the Order. Metteyya retired with his teacher into the forest and not long after became an arahant. Tissa lived in Sāvatthī and when his elder brother died, he went home and was persuaded by his relations to return to the lay life. Later, Metteyya, passing through the village with the Buddha, during a journey, visited Tissa and brought him once more to the Buddha. The Buddha preached to them the Tissa-Metteyya Sutta, at the end of which Tissa became a Sotāpanna, later attaining arahantship. Snp.p.160f.


The personal name of Metteyya, friend of Tissa. In the Sutta Nipāta Snp.814 he is called Tissa-Metteyya.


The Theragāthā contains verses uttered by him regarding certain monks who were jealous of his great renown. Thag.153–154


A monk whose Theragāthā verse speaks of giving up costly bowls and taking a simple earthenware bowl. Thag.97


A monk, son of the Buddha’s paternal aunt. He told the monks of his doubts, and they took him to the Buddha, who gave a discourse to help him. SN.iii.106f. On another occasion, the Buddha encouraged him to be patient with harsh words. SN.ii.282 His Theragāthā verse encourages effort. Thag.39