Kaccana, aka: Kaccāna, Kaccānā; 1 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Kaccana in Theravada glossaries]

1. One of the most eminent disciples of the Buddha, considered chief among expounders in full of the brief saying of the Buddha, (sankhittena bhasitassa vittharena attham vibhajantanam) (A.i.23). He was born at Ujjeni in the family of the chaplain of King Candappajjota, and was called Kaccana both because of his golden colour and because Kaccana was the name of his gotta. He studied the Vedas, and, on the death of his father, succeeded him as chaplain. With seven others he visited the Buddha, at the request of Candappajjota, to invite him to come to Ujjeni. Kaccana and his friends listened to the Buddhas sermon, and having attained arahantship, joined the order. He then conveyed the kings invitation to the Buddha, who pointed out that it would now suffice if Kaccana himself returned to Ujjeni.

Three suttas are mentioned (AA.i.118) as having obtained for Kaccana his title of eminence - the Madhupindika, the Kaccayana and the Parayana;

2. See also:

  • Maha Kaccana,
  • Pakudha Kaccana,
  • Pubba Kaccana,
  • Sambula Kaccana,
  • Sabhiya Kaccana, etc.
  • See also Kaccayana.

3. Kaccana or Kaccayana is the name of a family, the Kaccanagotta (AA.i.118, 410). Kancana manava belonged to the Kaccanagotta (AA.i.116, 410). The Kaccanagotta is mentioned among the higher castes, together with Moggallana and Vasittha (Vin.iv.6).

4. Kaccana - A Sakiyan princess, daughter of Devadahasakka of Devadaha and sister of Anjanasakka. She married Sihahanu and had five sons and two daughters:

  • Suddhodana,
  • Dhotodana,
  • Sakkodana,
  • Sukkodana,
  • Amitodana,
  • Amita and Pamita. Mhv.ii.17-20.

5. Kaccana - See Bhaddakaccana.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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