1. Sumedha. The Bodhisatta in the time of Dīpankara Buddha. He was a very rich brahmin of Amaravatī, and, having left the world, became an ascetic of great power in the Himālaya. While on a visit to Rammma-nagara, he saw people decorating the road for Dīpankara Buddha, and undertook to do one portion of the road himself. The Buddha arrived before his work was finished, and Sumedha lay down on a rut for the Buddha to walk over him. He resolved that he, too, would become a Buddha, and Dīpankara, looking into the future, saw that his wish would come true. This was the beginning of Gotama Buddha's qualification for Enlightenment. J.i.2ff.; DhA.i.68; Bu.ii.5ff.; SNA.i.49; in Chinese Records he is called Megha. The Dvy. (p.247) calls him Sumati.
2. Sumedha. A khattiya, father of Dīpankara Buddha. J.i.29; Bu.ii.207.
3. Sumedha. A khattiya, father of Nārada Buddha. J.i.37; but Bu.x.18 calls him Sudeva.
4. Sumedha. The eleventh of the twenty four Buddhas.
5. Sumedha. The name of a brahmin family in the time of Tissa Buddha. Vārana Thera was born in the family. ThagA.i.353.
6. Sumedha. An upatthāka of Sumedha Buddha, whom Pilindavaccha met at that time. Ap.i.59; but see Bu.xii.23, where Sumedha's upatthāka is called Sāgara. Perhaps this refers to another.
7. Sumedha. A king of twenty kappas ago, a previous birth of Avopphiya Thera. Ap.i.112.
8. Sumedha. A king of seven kappas ago, a previous birth of Padasaññaka Thera. Ap.i.119.
9. Sumedha. An Elder of Ceylon, at whose request Buddhanāga wrote the Vinayatthamañjūsā. P.L.C. 201.
10. Sumedha. A Thera of Cūtaggāma, probably of the fourteenth century; author of the Sādhucaritodaya and the Anāpattidīpanī. P.L.C.247.