Kapathika, Kāpathika: 1 definition


Kapathika 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 young brahmin, sixteen years old, well versed in the Vedas, and with his head shaven. He was of good stock, well informed, a good speaker and a scholar of ability. He visited the Buddha at Opasada, where he interrupted a conversation which the Buddha was holding with some aged brahmins; they rebuked him for interrupting his elders, but Canki (q.v.), who happened to arrive at that moment, interceded on his behalf. The Buddha, knowing that Kapathika had questions to ask of him, gave him an opportunity for so doing, and there followed a discussion on various points, detailed in the Canki Sutta. At the end of the discussion the youth declared himself a disciple of the Buddha (M.ii.168ff). In the Sutta the Buddha addresses Kapathika as Bharadvaja, perhaps because he belonged to that gotta.

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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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