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|Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera|
|Vītasoka Thera：A younger brother of Dhammāsoka and a lay pupil of Giridatta Thera．One day he saw grey hairs on his head as he was being dressed and，seated as he was，he became a sotāpanna．Later he entered the Order and became an arahant．
In the time of Siddhattha Buddha he was a brahmin，skilled in various branches of learning，and later became an ascetic．On his way to see the Buddha he died，and was reborn in the deva world．（ThagA．i．295f．； two verses attributed to him are given in Thag．169 70）．He is probably identical with Buddhasaññaka Thera of the Apadāna．Ap．ii．419f．； cf．Dvy．366f．