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Kokalika, 1 Definition(s)

AKA: Kokaliya

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1. Kokalika (Kokaliya) - A monk, one of the chief partisans of Devadatta. Knowing the Buddhas might, he was, at first, reluctant to join in Devadattas plot against him, but later allowed himself to be persuaded on hearing the scheme explained (Vin.ii.196; iii.171). When the monks blamed Devadatta for his misdeeds, Kokalika was always ready to defend him (Vin.iii.174). When Devadattas gains diminished, Kokalika went about praising him, his birth, accomplishments and holiness, and many believed him (J.ii.438f). He was a great friend of Thullananda (Vin.iv.335). We are told that once he expressed resentment because he had never been asked to recite the texts; so one day the monks gave him his chance. He ate his favourite soup, and at sundown, wearing a blue lower robe and an outer robe of white and carrying an elegantly carved fan, he appeared in the assembly. But when he tried to recite sweat poured from his body and he was utterly confused. Henceforth the monks knew that his claim to learning was but pretence (J.ii.65f).

Several Jatakas are related showing how, in previous births also, Kokalika had come to grief because of his fondness for talk and how he had been the accomplice of Devadatta. He is identified with

the jackal in the Daddara Jataka (ii.65ff) and the Sihakotthuka Jataka (ii.108); the ass in the lions skin in the Sihacamma Jataka (ii.110); the talkative tortoise in the Kacchapa Jataka (ii.175); the crow who praised the jackal (Devadatta) in the Jambukhadaka Jataka (ii.438); the young cuckoo who lost his life because he sang, in the Kokalika Jataka (iii.102); the tawny brown brahmin in the Takkariya Jataka (iv.242; but see Kokalika 2); and the wicked deity in the Samuddavagija Jataka (iv.166).

Buddhaghosa says (SNA.ii.473; AA.ii.850; SA.i.167) that this Kokalika was a brahmin and a pupil of Devadatta, and that he was called Maha Kokalika to distinguish him from another Kokalika who was similarly called Cula Kokalika (see Kokalika 2). There seems to be great confusions in the stories of these two men - if they were really two. In the Jataka Commentary, for instance, the introductory stories of several of the Jatakas refer to the Takkariya Jataka for details of Kokalika, obviously having in mind Devadattas partisan; but the introductory story of the Takkariya Jataka is identical with that related elsewhere of Cula Kokalika. See also DhA.iv.91f, where the story of the talkative tortoise is related to Kokalika of the Kokalika Sutta which, according to Buddhaghosa (SNA.ii.473) refers to Cula Kokalika.

In the Vyaggha Jataka (J.ii.356) Kokalika is mentioned as having tried to persuade Sariputta and Moggallana to go with him to his own country and as having been very angry when they refused.

Added: 12.Apr.2009 | Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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