One of the teachers under whom Gotama, after leaving the world and before he became the Buddha, received instruction (J.i.66, 81). Uddaka taught him the doctrine that had been realised and proclaimed by his father Rāma, which was the attainment of the state of “neither-
The Buddha evidently had a high regard for Uddaka-
In the Vassakāra Sutta of the Aṅguttaranikāya (ii.180) it is mentioned that King Eleyya, together with his bodyguard, Yamaka, Moggalla and others, were followers of Rāmaputta and that they held him in great esteem.
In the Saṃyuttanikāya (iv.83 f) the Buddha says that Uddaka claimed to be “versed in lore and to have conquered everything, digging out the root of suffering,” though he had no justification for such a claim.
Again, in the Pāsādika Sutta (D.iii.126‑7), the Buddha tells Cunda that when Uddaka said “seeing, he seeth not,” he had in mind a man who saw the blade of a sharpened razor but not its edge — a low, pagan thing to speak about.
In the Sanskrit books Uddaka-