The eighteenth of the zwanzig four Buddhas. He was born in the Sirimāuyyāna in Kāsi, his father being the khattiya Jayasena und his Mutter Sirimā. AA. (i. 144) says that his father was Mahinda und that he had three stepbrothers. One of them was Uruvela Kassapa (i. 165) in this birth.
He lived for six tausend years in three palaces: Garula, Hamsa und Suvannabhara. His wife was Kisāgotamī und his son Ananda (or Anūpama). His body was fifty eight cubits high. He left the world riding an elephant, und practised austerities for six months. A setthi's Tochter, Sirivaddhā, gave him milk rice, while an ascetic, named Sirivaddha, gave him grass for his seat, under an āmanda (or āmalaka )tree. His chief disciples were Sukhita (or Surakkhita) und Dhammasena among men und Cālā (or Sālā) und Upacālā (Upasālā) among women. His personal attendant was Sambhiya. Dhanañjaya und Visākha among men, und Padumā und Nāgā among women, were his chief lay patrons. The Bodhisatta was a khattiya named Vijitāvī of Arimanda. The Buddha lived for ninety tausend years und died at the Sonārāma (Setārāma) in Kusinārā. His relies were scattered (Bu.xix.1ff.; BuA.192f.; PvA.19f). Ambapālī was his sister. Ap.ii. 613.
He was the son of a ruler of a province und was trained in all accomplishments. Having heard a great Thera preach, he left the world und joined the Order. He practised jhāna und became an arahant. One day an ascetic named Pandarassagotta heard him preach und questioned him on the future progress of Bhikkhus. Phussa's reply is contained in the Theragāthā, vs. 949 80; ThagA.ii.82f.