Ajakalapaka, Ajakalāpaka: 1 definition



Ajakalapaka means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Ajakalapaka in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Yakkha who tried to frighten the Buddha, but who, later, became his disciple (Ud.4-5). When he returned from a certain Yakkha assembly he found the Buddha seated on his couch, as had already been told to him in the assembly by Satagira and Hemavata. In anger he tried in various ways to cast out the Buddha, but failed in his efforts and ended by becoming his disciple (UdA.63ff. For a note on this passage see J.P.T.S. 1886, 94ff).

Two explanations are given of his name: aje kalapetva bandhanena ajakotthasena saddhim balim paticchati, no annatha . . . kecipana ajake viya satte lapetiti, Ajaka lapako ti (UdA.64 ) (those bringing him sacrifices bleat like goats).

Ajakalapaka cetiya - A shrine at Pava at which sacrifices were offered to Ajakalapaka (Ud.4).

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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