1. Sela. A king of long ago who, in spite of great
sacrifices, could not get beyond the world of the Petas (Pitrs). J.vi.99.
2. Sela. A brahmin of Anguttarapa. He was a great
friend of Keniya, the Jatila, and visited him when Keniya was making
preparations to entertain the Buddha. Having heard the word Buddha from
Keniya, Sela was filled with joy and fortitude, and went with his two hundred
and fifty pupils to visit the Buddha in the woodland near Apana. There he
observed on the person of the Buddha the thirty two marks of a Great Being all
except two - viz., hidden privates and the long tongue. The Buddha read his
thoughts and contrived, by his iddhi power, that Sela should be satisfied on
these two points as well (This is referred to at Mil.167; DA.i.276, etc.). Sela
then praised the Buddha in a series of verses and asked questions of him. At the
end of his talk, Sela entered the Order with his pupils, and, at the end of a
week, he attained arahantship (SN. p.104 ff. = M.ii.146f).
In the time of Padumuttara Buddha Sela had been the leader
of the same guild of three hundred men, and, together with them, had built a
parivena for the Buddha and done many good acts. As a result of these they
received the ehi Bhikkhu pabbajja in this last life (SNA.ii.455; MA.ii.782;
see also Ap.i.316; Thag.vs.818-41; Th4gA.ii.47f).
Mahasela, mentioned as the teacher of Sugandha Thera
(ThagA.i.80f), is probably identical with this Sela. Sela lived to the age of
one hundred and twenty (DA.ii.413).
According to the Dhammapada Commentary (DhA.i.384; also
AA.i.219), the Buddha first met Sela on his way to Bhaddiya to convert Visakha
and her kinswomen. Visakha was then seven years old. The Apadana says (Ap.i.318)
that Selas father was a wealthy brahmin, named Vasettha.
3. Sela. A mountain in Himava. ApA.i.96.
4. Sela. Son of Atthadassi Buddha in his last lay
life. BuA.180; but see Sena (15).
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1. Sela. A princess, younger sister of Candakumara
(J.vi.143). She is identified with Uppalavanna. J.vi.157.
2. Sela Theri. She was born in Alavi as daughter of
the king: therefore she was also called Alavika. When she was still unmarried
the Buddha visited Alavi with Alavaka, whom he had converted, carrying his
begging bowl and robe. On that occasion Sela went with her father to hear the
Buddha preach. She became a lay disciple, but later, agitated in mind, she
joined the Order and became an arahant. After that she lived in Savatthi. One
day, as she was enjoying her siesta in the Andhavana under a tree, Mara, in the
guise of a stranger, approached her and tried to tempt her. But she refuted his
statements regarding the attractions of lay life, and Mara had to retire
discomfited (S.i.134; Thig.vss.57-9).