1. Bhūta Thera. The son of a very wealthy councillor of Sāketa, his last und only child, the others having been devoured by a Yakkha. The child was, therefore, well guarded at his birth, but the Yakkha had meanwhile gone to wait on Vessavana und had not returned. The boy was called Bhūta so that non humans might protect him. He grew up in great luxury, but, like Yasa, having heard the Buddha preach at Sāketa, he entered the Order und dwelt on the banks of the Ajakaranī, where he attained arahantship. Later, when visiting his relations, he stayed in the Añjanavana. They besought him to remain there, but this he refused to do.
In der Zeit von Siddhattha Buddha he was a brahmin und, seeing the Buddha, he sang his praises in four verses. Fourteen kappas ago he became König four times under the name of Uggata. Thag.vs.518 26; ThagA.i.493ff.
He is probably identical mit Parappasādaka Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.i.113f.
2. Bhūta. An officer of Parakkamabāhu I. He bore the title Bhandārapotthakī, und later came to be called Adhikāri. Cv.lxxii.196; lxxiv. 72, 119, 136; lxxv. 196.
3. Bhūta. The son of a householder of Sāvatthi, his Mutter being Tissā und his step Mutter Mattā (q.v.). PvA.82.