|Uppalavanna Theri, the Buddha's chief female disciple foremost in magical powers.|
|Modern Theravada Buddhist nun, Ven. Tathaloka, in California wilderness (bhikkhuni.net).|
|Fragrant lotuses rise above their muddy pond water unstained (dingtwist.com)|
|Lotuses arise from mire untainted (FM).|
|White lotuses in a pool (mrwallpaper.com)|
|How could a lotus bud be the womb of a baby? The power of merit (passport-love.com).|
gandamba-tree to perform the Twin Miracle, Ven. Uppalavannā offered to perform certain miracles herself, if the Buddha would allow it, but he declined, seeing great danger in disciples who possess them publicly exhibiting magical powers (ThigA.190, 195).
Later, at Jetavana, in the assembly of the Monastic Community (Sangha), the Buddha declared her to be a chief disciple, "foremost in supernormal (iddhi) powers (A.i.25), like Ven. Maha Moggallana among male disciples.
|What's a pretty girl like you doing in a place...|
|Oh my goodness, the karmic consequences!|
|No. Desist, fool, for what has this body to offer bu what great danger in your lust?|
It is said that as a result of this heinous crime he was swallowed up by the fires of Avīcī, the lowest of the hells known as the "waveless deep." From that time onwards, nuns were forbidden to live in Andhavana (DhA.ii.49f; the incident is referred to in Vin.iii.35), a forest grove used for monastic living and practice in the early forest tradition prior to there being formal nunneries and monasteries (viharas).
|Red and blue lotus blossom, symbolic flower of the East (devwijewardane)|
|Born in a lotus blossom|
|Naga princess (allexandramonica)|Jataka Tales (Rhys Davids)
- In the Tipallatthamiga Jātaka (J.i.164) she was the mother of Rāhula (the Buddha's son), then reborn as a stag.
- She is identified with the old woman, the foster-mother of Ayyakālaka (J.i.196),
- with the queen Mudulakkhanā (J.i.306),
- the female Brahmin in the Sārambha Jataka (J.i.375),
- the courtesan in the Kurudhamma Jataka (J.ii.381),
- the Brahmin's daughter (and sister of Rāhula) in the Dhonasākha Jataka (J.iii.168),
- Siridevī in the Sirikālakanni Jataka (J.iii.264),
- the goddess in the Bhisapuppha Jataka (J.iii.310),
- Manoja's sister in the Manoja Jataka (J.iii.324),
- the ascetic's daughter in the Kumbhakāra Jataka (J.iii.383),
- the deity in the Jāgarajā Jataka (J.iii.405), in the Sankha Jataka (J.iv.22), and in the Kiñchanda Jataka (J.v.11),
- the sister in the Bhisa Jataka (J.iv.314),
- Sutanā in the Rohantamiga (J.iv.423),
- the younger sister in the Jayaddisa Jataka (J.v.36),
- Kundalinī in the Tesakuna Jataka (J.v.125),
- Ummadantī in the Ummadantī Jataka (J.v.227),
- Hiridevatā in the Sudhābhojana Jataka (J.v.412),
- the goddess of the parasol in the Mūgapakkha Jataka (J.vi.29),
- the ocean spirit in the Mahājanaka Jataka (J.vi.68),
- the goddess in the Sāma Jataka (J.vi.95),
- Selā in the Khandahāla Jataka (J.vi.157),
- Accimukhī in the Bhūridatta Jataka (J.vi.219),
- Bherī in the Mahā-ummagga Jataka (J.vi.478), and
- Kanhajinā in the Vessantara Jataka (J.vi.593).