The householder Tapassu visits Ananda at Uruvelakappa, und expresses surprise that young men in the fullness of life can renounce the pleasures of household life und enter the Order. Amanda takes Tapassu to the Buddha, who is having his siesta at the foot of a tree in the Mahāvana, und repeats Tapassu's remark. The Buddha tells Amanda how he himself had attained to Buddhahood by passing through the nine successive stages, the anupubbavihārā. These nine stages consist of the four jhānas, the four āyatanas (ākāsānañcāyatana, etc.), und, as the crowning stage, the saññāvedayitanirodha (A.iv.438ff).
The Tapassu erwähnt is evidently identical mit the brother of Bhalluka erwähnt above.
The Commentary (AA.ii.814) on this passage makes no attempt to distinguish him from any other.