Ajitakesakambala, Ajitakesakambali, Ajitakeshakambala, Ajitakeśakambala, Ajita-keshakambala: 3 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Ajitakeśakambala can be transliterated into English as Ajitakesakambala or Ajitakeshakambala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Head of one of the six heretical sects mentioned in the Pitakas as being contemporaneous with the Buddha. He is described as a Titthaka (heretical teacher), leader of a large following, virtuous and held in esteem by the people (S.i.68).
According to the Samannaphala Sutta (D.i.55), where Ajatasattu describes a visit paid to Ajita, he taught the doctrine of cutting off, i.e. annihilation at death. He was a nihilist who believed in neither good nor evil. In Tibetan sources he is stated to have taught that all beings must dwell in Samsara for 84,000 mahakalpas before they come to an end; nothing can prevent that (Rockhill: 103-4). The answer Ajita gave to Ajatasattu is given elsewhere (E.g., S.iii.207; M.i.515) as being the view of a typical sophist. His name is often introduced into the stereotyped list of the six teachers even where the views they are alleged to have expressed do not coincide with those attributed to Ajita in the Samannaphala Sutta. E.g., S.iv.398, where he is represented as talking about the rebirths of his adherents - he who denied rebirth. In A.i.286 he seems to have been confused with Makkhali Gosala. He was called Kesakambali because he wore a blanket of human hair, which is described as being the most miserable garment. It was cold in cold weather, hot in the hot, evil smelling and uncouth (DA.i.144; MA.i.422-3).
According to the Mahabodhi Jataka the Buddha had already refuted Ajitas view in previous births (J.v.246). Ajita was evidently much older in years than the Buddha, for we find Pasenadi, in the early years of his friendship with the Buddha, telling him that he was a young novice compared with Ajita. S.i.68.
In the Milinda panha the king says that he had visited a teacher named Ajitakesakambala. This cannot possibly refer to our Ajita; the reference is probably to a teacher belonging to the same school of thought (There is neither fruit nor result of good or evil karma, p.4. His views are given on p.25 without mention being made of his name. But see note 2 to the Mil. trans., p.8.).
References to ascetics wearing hair garments are found in several passages of the Pali canon. D.i.167; M.i.77, 238; A.i.240; for a discussion of Ajitas views see Barua: Pre Buddhistic Indian Philosophy, pp.287ff.
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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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Ajitakeśakambala (अजितकेशकम्बल).—Name of one of the six chief heretical teachers. (mentioned in Buddhist texts as contemporaries of Buddha.)
Derivable forms: ajitakeśakambalaḥ (अजितकेशकम्बलः).
Ajitakeśakambala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ajita and keśakambala (केशकम्बल).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
AjitaKeśakambala (अजितकेशकम्बल).—or °lin (= Pali Ajita Kesakam-bala, or °lī, °lin), n. of one of the six heretical teachers of Buddha's time (see s.v. Pūraṇa Kāśyapa), named with the others: °laḥ Mvy 3548 (Ajita-keś°, as cpd.; so also Mironov); Divy 143.11; Av i.231.4 (ms. Kesa°); °lasya Mv i.253.14; °lī, nom. sg. Mv i.256.20; iii.383.16.
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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