Cinca Manavika, Ciñcā-mānavikā: 1 definition


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

A paribbajika of some ascetic Order. When the heretics of this Order found that their gains were grown less owing to the popularity of the Buddha, they enlisted the support of Cinca in their attempts to discredit him. She was very beautiful and full of cunning, and they persuaded her to pretend to pay visits to the Buddha at Jetavana. She let herself be seen going towards the vihara in the evening, spent the night in the heretics quarters near by, and in the morning men saw her returning from the direction of the vihara. When questioned, she said that she had passed the night with the Buddha. After some months she simulated pregnancy by tying a disc of wood round her body and appearing thus before the Buddha, as he preached to a vast congregation, she charged him with irresponsibility and callousness in that he made no provision for her confinement. The Buddha remained silent, but Sakkas throne was heated and he caused a mouse to sever the cords of the wooden disc, which fell to the ground, cutting Cincas toes. She was chased out of the vihara by those present, and as she stepped outside the gate the fires of the lowest hell swallowed her up (DhA.iii.178f; J.iv.187f; ItA.69).

In a previous birth, too, she had helped in various ways to harm the Bodhisatta. For details see:

Culla Paduma Jataka (No.193)

Maha Paduma Jataka (No.472)

Bandhana mokkha Jataka (No.120)

Vanarinda Jataka (No.57)

Vessantara Jataka (No.547)

Sumsumara Jataka (No.208)

Suvannakakkata Jataka (No. 389)

It is stated (Ap.i.299; UdA.263f) that the Buddha was subjected to the ignominy of being charged by Cinca with incontinence, because in a previous birth he had reviled a Pacceka Buddha. v.l. Cinci; cp. Sundari.

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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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