1. Tusita. One of the palaces occupied
by Konāgamana Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.xxiv.18.
2. Tusita. The fourth of the six deva
worlds (A.i.210, etc.).
Four hundred years of human life are
equal to one day of the Tusita world and four thousand years, so reckoned, is
the term of life of a deva born in Tusita (A.i.214; iv.261, etc.).
Sometimes Sakadāgāmins (e.g.,
Isidatta) are born there (A.iii.348; v.138; also DhA.i.129; UdA.149, 277).
It is the rule for all Bodhisattas to be
born in Tusita in their last life but one; then, when the time comes for the
appearance of a Buddha in the world, the devas of the ten thousand world systems
assemble and request the Bodhisatta to be born among men. Great rejoicings
attend the acceptance of this request (A.ii.130; iv.312; DhA.i.69f; J. i.47f).
Gotama's name, while in Tusita, was
Setaketu (Sp.i.161), and the Bodhisatta Metteyya, the future Buddha, is
now living in Tusita under the name of Nathadeva.
The Tusita world is considered the most
beautiful of the celestial worlds, and the pious love to be born there because
of the presence of the Bodhisatta (Mhv.Xxxii.72f).
Tusita is also the abode of each
Bodhisatta's parents (DhA.i.110).
The king of the Tusita world is
Santusita; he excels his fellows in ten respects - beauty, span of life, etc.
(A.iv.243; but see Cv.lii.47, where the Bodhisatta Metteyya is called the chief
Among those reborn in Tusita are also
Mallikā, the thera Tissa (Tissa 10),
The Tusita devas are so-called because
they are full of joy (tuttha-hatthāti Tusitā) (VibhA.519; NidA.109).
The inhabitants of Tusita are called
Tusitā. They were present at the Mahāsamaya (D.ii.161).