A monk whose verses are recorded in the Theragāthā. Thag.121–122
A monk whose verse are recorded in the Theragāthā. Thag.161–162
A devaputta who visits the Buddha at the Añjanavana in Sāketa. He utters a stanza, and the Buddha, in another stanza, amplifies what he has said. SN.i.54
At the time of the Vajjian heresy that prompted the Second Council, he was the attendant of the Elder Revata and had been twenty years in the Order. The Vajjians of Vesāli went to him and, after much persuasion, succeeded in getting him to accept one robe from them.
In return for this he agreed to say before the Saṅgha that the Pācīnaka Bhikkhus held the true Doctrine and that the Pātheyyaka monks did not. Thereafter Uttara went to Revata, but Revata, on hearing what he had done, instantly dismissed him from attendance upon him. When the Vesāli monks were informed of the occurrence, they took the nissaya from Uttara and became his pupils. Vin.ii.302–303
A brahmin youth, pupil of Pārāsariya. He once visited the Buddha at Kajaligalā in the Mukheluvana and the Buddha preached to him the Indriya-bhāvanā Sutta. MN.iii.298ff.
Perhaps it is this same student that is mentioned in the Pāyāsi Sutta. When Pāyāsi Rājañña was converted by Kumāra Kassapa, he instituted almsgiving to all and sundry, but the gifts he gave consisted of such things as gruel and scraps of food and coarse robes. Uttara, who was one of his retainers, spoke sarcastically of Pāyāsi’s generosity, and on being challenged by Pāyāsi to show what should be done, Uttara gave gladly and with his own hands excellent foods and garments. As a result, after death, while Pāyāsi was born only in the empty Serisakavimāna of the Cātummahārājika world, Uttara was born in Tāvatiṃsā. DN.ii.354–357
A pupil of Brahmāyu. He was sent by his teacher from Mithilā to Videha, to find out if the Buddha bore the marks of the Super man. Having made sure of the presence of all the thirty-two marks on the Buddha’s person, he dogged the Buddha’s footsteps for seven months, in order to observe his carriage in his every posture. At the end of that period, he returned to Brahmāyu and reported what he had seen. MN.ii.134ff.
One of the chief disciples of Vessabhu Buddha. DN.ii.4
A township of the Koliyans. Once, when the Buddha was staying there, he was visited by the headman Pāṭaliya. SN.iv.340