Ambapālī ［菴婆羅女］ (Pali; Āmrapālī; Ambara-nyo): A courtesan in Vaishālī, India, who, upon hearing the teachings from Shakyamuni Buddha, donated her forest of mango trees to the Buddhist Order. Chinese versions of Buddhist scriptures refer to this forest of mango trees as Ambapālī Garden. Legend has it that Ambapālī was born from a mango tree. Amba means mango tree. According to another legend, she was left in a forest of mango trees after birth and was found and raised by the forest’s caretaker. According to yet another legend, she was the mother of the skilled physician Jīvaka. It is said that, at age eighty, Shakyamuni left Rājāgriha to set forth on his last journey. He proceeded northward across the Ganges to Vaishālī where he and his disciples stayed in Ambapālī’s mango-tree forest. It was then that she heard the Buddha preach and joyfully invited him and his disciples to a meal at her home.