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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Sukkā:1.Sukkā Therī.She belonged to a householder’s family of Rājagaha,and,very impressed by the Buddha’s majesty when he visited Rājagaha,she became a lay believer.Later she heard Dhammadinnā preach,and entered the Order under her,attaining arahantship not long after.

In the time of Vipassī Buddha she had been a nun,and,after a sojourn in Tusita,a nun again in the time of Sikhī,Vessabhū,Kakusandha,Konāgamana and Kassapa Buddhas.

In her last life she was a great preacher,at the head of five hundred nuns.One particular sermon to the nuns is specially mentioned,and a tree sprite,living at the end of the nun’s cankamana,went about Rājagaha,singing Sukkā’s praises.People,hearing the sprite,flocked to hear Sukkā.

Thig.vss.54-6; ThigA.57f ; Ap.ii.605f.; the incident of the tree sprite’s praise is twice mentioned in the Samyutta as well.There the sprite is called a Yakkha (S.i.212); in the second account (ibid.,213) it says that the Yakkha’s praise was owing to a meal given to Sukkā by a lay follower of Rājagaha.

2.Sukkā.A class of Devas who were present,in the company of the Veghanasā,at the preaching of the Mahāsamaya Sutta.D.ii.261.

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