Candapaduma, Candapadumā: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Candapaduma - The chief consort of the Setthi Mendaka of Bhaddiya, and mother of Dhananjaya (DhA.i.385). She was, therefore, grandmother of Visakha. She had been the wife of Mendaka in a previous birth and, during a time of famine, had joined him in giving the only meal they had between them to a Pacceka Buddha. As a result of this act, the rice pot in her home never became empty, however many people she might feed. In previous existences she had entertained the monks of various Buddhas, taking a rice pot in one band and a spoon in the other. Therefore, in her left hand was the sign of the lotus, covering the palm, and in her right the sign of the moon. Further, by reason of her having fetched and filtered water for the monks, on the sole of her left foot was marked a lotus and on the right a moon; hence her name, Candapaduma. When the Buddha visited Mendakas house and, after the meal, preached to the household, Candapaduma became a sotapanna (DhA.iii.363-86). She was one of the five persons of great merit (Mahapunna) (AA.i.219; PsA.509). The Visuddhimagga (ii.383) calls her Candapadumasiri.

2. Candapaduma - Wife of Tiritavaccha and mother of Maha Kaccana (Ap.ii.465).

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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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