Hatthaka of Alavi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Hatthaka of Alavaka)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Hatthaka of Alavi
Religion Buddhism
Religious career
Teacher Buddha

Hatthaka of Alavi (given name Alavaka) was one of the foremost lay male disciples of the Buddha, mentioned in text along with Citta in the Buddhavamsa xxvi.19 and considered the foremost in gathering a following using the "four bases of sympathy" which he describes as being:

1) he gives gifts
2) he talks with kindly words
3) he does kindly deeds
4) he treats people with equality.

He was the son of a ruler of Alavi. His given name was changed to "Hatthaka" after Buddha saved him from being eaten by a Yakkha (or Yaksha) demon named Alavaka. His name "Hatthaka" (hattha means "hand") comes from his being handed over by the yakha demon to Buddha upon his conversion.

He was an Anagamin or a non-returner and was born in a heaven called "Aviha" where he would attain Arahant status.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]