Rāhula ［羅睺羅］ (, Pali; Ragora): The son of Shakyamuni and Yashodharā. One of Shakyamuni’s ten major disciples, respected as foremost in inconspicuous practice. He entered the Buddhist Order in his youth upon seeing Shakyamuni Buddha when the latter returned home to Kapilavastu for the first time after attaining enlightenment. Thereafter Rāhula devoted himself to the inconspicuous practice of observing the precepts and reciting and preaching the Buddha’s teachings under the guidance of Shāriputra and Maudgalyāyana. He did not pride himself on being the Buddha’s son, and the other monks revered him for his earnestness in Buddhist practice. In the Lotus Sutra, Rāhula belongs to the third of the three groups of voice-hearers who understand the Buddha’s teaching when they hear him reveal, in the “Parable of the Phantom City” (seventh) chapter, their relationship with him in a remote time described as major world system dust particle kalpas in the past. The “Prophecies” (ninth) chapter states that he will in the future become a Buddha named Stepping on Seven Treasure Flowers.