An Arahant. He went, after the Third Council, as preacher to the Himālaya country (Mhv.xii.6), accompanied by four others:
Dpv.viii.10; MT. (317) has Dundu-bhissara for Durabhissara; Mbv. (115) agrees with MT., but has Sahassadeva; Sp. (i.68) gives their names as Kassapagotta, Alokadeva, Dundubhissara, and Sahadeva.
Majjhima preached the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta and eighty crores of persons became sotāpannas. The five Elders, separately, converted five kingdoms, and each of them ordained one hundred thousand persons. Mhv.xii.41ff.