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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1. Candagutta - King of Jambudipa. He belonged to the Moriya dynasty and gained the throne through the scheming of Canakka, who slew the rightful king DhanAnanda and his heir Pabbata. (The Mahavamsatika gives details of how Canakka contrived to make Candagutta king (pp.181ff)). Candagutta reigned twenty four years and was succeeded by his son Bindusara. His grandson was Asoka (Mhv.v.16ff). Candaguttas senior contemporary in Ceylon was Pandukabhaya, who died in the fourteenth year of Candaguttas reign (Dpv.vi.15; Sp.i.72; see also Dpv.v.69, 73, 81; both the Dpv. and the Sp. talk of Pakundakabhaya (sic)). The Milinda (p.292; see also Kathasaritsagara i.30) mentions a soldier Bhaddasala, in the service of the Nanda royal family, who waged war against Candagutta. In this war there were eighty Corpse Dances in which dead bodies danced. The Theragatha Commentary (i., p.440) states that the father of the Thera Tekic Chakari incurred the displeasure of Candagutta, who, at the instigation of Canakka, cast him into prison.

2. Candagutta Thera - Saddhiviharika of Maha Kassapa Thera. His colleague was Suriyagutta. SA.iii.125.

3. Candagutta - One of the eight khattiyas sent by Asoka to accompany the Bodhi tree to Ceylon. He took a prominent part in the celebrations when the Tree left Pataliputta (Mbv.152), and later, on his arrival in Ceylon, was appointed by Davanaippiyatissa to beat the golden drum at the Bodhi tree ceremonies. He was given the office of Malayaraja and the Virabahujanapada was bestowed on him for his maintenance (Mbv.165).

4. Candagutta - An arahant Thera who came from Vanavasa with 80,000 others for the foundation of the Maha Thupa in Anuradhapura. Mhv.xxix.42; Dpv.xix.8.

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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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