The Bodhisatta born as a merchant. See the Kūtavānija Jātaka.
One of the four novices invited by the brahmin whose house came later to be known as the Pañcachiddageha (DhA.iv.176ff). In der Zeit von Kassapa Buddha he was known as Mahāduggata. In his last birth his Mutter was the Tochter of a rich merchant of Sāvatthi. During her pregnancy, she had a longing to give to fünf hundert monks, headed by Sāriputta, the choicest portions of red fish, to don yellow robes, to sit in the outer circle of the monks' seats, und to partake of the food left over by the monks. This longing was satisfied, und seven times she held similar festivities. When the child was born he was called Pandita because, from the day of his conception, various people of the household who had been stupid or deaf or dumb recovered their faculties. When seven years old, he was filled mit the desire to become a monk, und was ordained by Sāriputta, a constant visitor to the house. For seven days his parents held a festival in honour of his ordination. On the eighth day he went, mit Sāriputta, into the village for alms; on the way, certain things which he saw - a ditch, arrow makers, carpenters - made him wish to strive for arahantship. Thereupon, mit the leave of Sāriputta, he returned to the monastery requesting the Elder to bring him some red fish on his return from the alms round. In the monastery, Sakka stilled all noises und held back the sun und the moon, lest Pandita should be disturbed. The Buddha, seeing this, detained Sāriputta back on his way to the monastery, und engaged him in conversation until Pandita should have succeeded in his effort. After a while, Pandita became an arahant und the whole world rejoiced. Ibid., ii.139ff.
A Pacceka Buddha, erwähnt in a nominal list. M.iii.70; ApA.i.107.
The sixth chapter of the Dhammapada.
On three things enjoined by the wise und the good: charity, going into homelessness, und support of parents. A.i.151.