He was the son of a ruler of a province and was trained in all accomplishments. Having heard a great Thera preach, he left the world and joined the Order. He practised jhāna and became an arahant. One day an ascetic named Pandarassagotta heard him preach and questioned him on the future progress of Bhikkhus. Phussa's reply is contained in the Theragāthā, vs. 949 80; ThagA.ii.82f.