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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

He belonged to a very wealthy family in Savatthi. One day, after his midday meal, he went with others to hear the Buddha preach and, accepting the word of the Buddha, he entered the Order. According to the Apadana (ii.491), he heard the Buddha preach at Kapilavatthu.

He attained arahantship by way of practising jhana, and so proficient in jhana did he become that the Buddha declared him chief of the monks who practised it (A.i.24; Ud.v.9; AA.i.129f; Thag.3; ThagA.33f). Before he became an arahant he was greatly troubled in mind as to what was permissible for him to use and what was not (akappiya mugga, na kappanti mugga paribhunjitum, etc.). This characteristic of his became well known, hence his name (UdA.314).

In the time of Padumuttara he was a brahmin of Hamsavati, well versed in the Vedas. One day, while listening to the Buddhas preaching, he heard him declare a monk in the assembly as chief among those who practised jhana, and himself wished for the same honour under a future Buddha (Ap.ii.419f). He is often mentioned in company with other very eminent disciples - e.g., Anuruddha, Nandiya, Kimbila, Kundadhana and Ananda - at the preaching of the Nalakapana Sutta (M.i.462). The Mahagosinga Sutta (M.i.212ff) records a discussion between Moggallana, Maha Kassapa, Anuruddha, Revata and Ananda, and there we find Revata praising, as the highest type of monk, one who delights in meditation and has his habitation in the abodes of solitude.

Kankha Revata appears to have survived the Buddha.

In the Uttaramatu peta Vatthu (PvA.141ff), Uttaras mother having been born as a peta, and having wandered about for fifty five years without water, came upon Revata enjoying the siesta on the banks of the Ganges and begged him for succor. Having learnt her story, Revata gave various gifts to the Sangha in her name, and so brought her happiness.

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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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