Dhritaka ［提多迦］ (n.d.) (; Daitaka): Also known as Dhītika. A monk of Mathurā, India. He is regarded as the fifth of Shakyamuni Buddha’s twenty-three, or the sixth of his twenty-four, successors, who received the Buddha’s teachings from Upagupta. According to The Record of the Lineage of the Buddha and the Patriarchs, once when Upagupta was visiting a wealthy man in Mathurā, the man promised that if he had a son in the future he would make the child Upagupta’s disciple. Dhritaka was born to the wealthy man and later renounced the secular world to become a disciple of Upagupta, thereby fulfilling his father’s promise. He devoted himself to Buddhist practice, mastered the six transcendental powers, and became an arhat. Before Upagupta died, he transferred the Buddha’s teachings to Dhritaka. Dhritaka thereafter propagated the Buddha’s teachings until he entrusted them to Mikkaka.