Canki, Caṅkī: 1 definition


Canki 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A mahasala brahmin, contemporary of the Buddha, reputed for his great learning and highly esteemed in brahmin gatherings - e.g., at Icchanangala (SN., p.115) and at Manasakata (D.i.235).

He is mentioned together with such eminent and wealthy brahmins as Tarukkha, Pokkharasadi, Janussoni and Todeyya (E.g., M.ii.202).

Canki lived in the brahmin village of Opasada, on a royal fief granted him by Pasenadi. When the Buddha came to Opasada, Canki visited him, in spite of the protests of his friends and colleagues, and on this occasion was preached the Canki Sutta (M.ii.164f).

We are not told that Canki ever became a follower of the Buddha, though Buddhaghosa says that he held the Buddha in great esteem. MA.i.394; this also appears from the introductory part of the Canki Sutta.

context information

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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