[156. Kadambapupphiya1]

In the Himalayan region,
there’s a mountain named Kukkuṭa.2
At the foot of that [same] mountain,
seven [Lonely] Buddhas dwelt [then].3 (1) [2022]

Seeing a kadam [tree] in bloom,
like the risen king of [all] lamps,4
taking [blossoms] with both [my] hands
I placed them upon the Buddhas. (2) [2023]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I did that flower-pūjā [then],
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of Buddha-pūjā. (3) [2024]

In the ninety-second aeon
seven [named] Phullanāyaka5
were wheel-turning kings with great strength,
possessors of the seven gems. (4) [2025]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [2026]

Thus indeed Venerable Kadambapupphiya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Kadambapupphiya Thera is finished.

  1. Kadamba-Flower-er”. Kadamba (Sinhala koḷom) is a flowering tree, Nauclea cordifolia.

  2. “Fowl”.

  3. reading vasanti te (BJTS) for vasantike (“in the middle of the house,” PTS)

  4. i.e., according to the cty, the moon.

  5. “Blossoming Leader”.