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|Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera|
|Sunīta Thera：He belonged to a family of flower scavengers in Rājagaha and eked out a miserable existence as road sweeper．One day the Buddha saw that Sunīta was destined for arahantship and visited him at dawn，as he was sweeping the street and collecting the scraps in his basket．Seeing the Buddha，he was filled with awe，and，finding no place to stand，stood stiffly against a wall．The Buddha approached him and asked if he would like to be a monk．He expressed great joy，and the Buddha ordained him with the ”ehi bhikkhu” pabbajjā．Then he took Sunīta to the vihāra and taught him a subject of meditation，by which he won arahantship．Then many men and gods came to pay homage to him，and Sunīta preached to them on his way of attainment．
In the past he had spoken disparagingly of a Pacceka Buddha．Thag．vss．620-31； ThagA．i．540f．