Chaplain to Brahmadatta, König of Benares. He was a former birth of Devadatta (J.iii.161). His story is given in the Dhonasākha Jātaka (q.v.).
Called Pingiya mānava, nephew und pupil of Bāvarī. At the time that he visited the Buddha mit the other disciples he was 120 years old und very feeble. At the end of his discussion mit the Buddha, as recorded in the Pingiya Sutta (SN. vs. 1120 23), because of his feebleness, he failed to reach any attainment. Thereupon he praised the Buddha und begged of him to go on. The Buddha preached to him further, und he became an anāgāmī, failing, however, to attain arahantship because his mind wandered to his maternal uncle, Bāvarī. His one tausend pupils, however, became arahants. Later, mit the Buddha's leave, he visited Bāvarī und told him the glad tidings, describing the Buddha's glory (SN.vs.1131 45). At the end of his statement, the Buddha, seeing that the minds of both of them were mature, sent forth a ray of light from Sāvatthi und, appearing before them, preached to them. Thereupon Bāvarī became an anāgāmī und Pingiya an arahant (SNA.ii.603ff).
Pingiya was called mānava, even at the age of 120. (SNA.ii.413).
One of the seven anāgamīns born in the Avihā world, in the company of Ghatīkārā (S.i.35, 60). He is described as a bhikkhū, und is therefore probably identical mit Pingiya (2). The story of the latter having attained arahantship must, in that case, have been a later legend. It is also possible that Pingiya is a variant reading for Pingiyānī.
A dog, erwähnt in the Pūtimamsa Jātaka. J.iii.535.