[248. Pāṭalipūjaka1]

Back then I placed upon my head
seven trumpet-flower2 blossoms;
I offered [them] to the Buddha,
Vessabhu, Supreme among Men. (1) [2488]

In the thirty-one aeons since
I did pūjā [with] that flower,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of flower-pūjā. (2) [2489]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (3) [2490]

Thus indeed Venerable Pāṭalipūjaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Pāṭalipūjaka Thera is finished.

  1. “Trumpet-Flower-Worshipper”

  2. pāṭali is Sinh. paḷol, Bignonia suaveolens, sterospermum suaveolens (Bignon.), trumpet-flower tree, the Bodhi Tree of Vipassi Buddha. Cf. #71, #78, #96, #255, #369{372}.