Kaṇikārapupphiya Chapter, the Twenty-First

[201. Kaṇikārapupphiya1]

Seeing a dinner-plate2 in bloom,
and having plucked it at that time,
I [then] offered [it] to Tissa,
the Flood-Crosser, the Neutral One. (1) [2271]

In the ninety-two aeons since
I did pūjā [with] that flower,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of Buddha-pūjā. (2) [2272]

In the thirty-fifth aeon hence
[lived] well-known Aruṇapāla,3
a wheel-turning king with great strength,
possessor of the seven gems. (3) [2273]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (4) [2274]

Thus indeed Venerable Kaṇikārapupphiya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Kaṇikārapupphiya Thera is finished.

  1. “Dinner-plate Tree Flower-er”

  2. kaṇṇikāra, kaṇikāra = Sinhala kinihiriya, Pterospermum acerifolium, produces a brilliant mass of yellow flowers; Engl. a.k.a. karnikar, bayur tree, maple-leaf bayur, caniyar (now archaic?), dinner-plate tree; Bodhi tree of Siddhattha Buddha.

  3. “Guard of (or Guarded By) the Sun”