Kappitaka; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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He was upajjhaya to Upali, and once lived in a cemetery near Vesali. In the cemetery the Chabbaggiya nuns buried the ashes of one of their leaders and erected a thupa near Kappitakas cell. The Elder, disturbed by the sound of their lamentations, broke the thupa and scattered the materials. The nuns, greatly angered, plotted to kill him, but he was warned by Upali, and lay hidden elsewhere until the nuns had destroyed his cell and gone away under the impression that he was dead. The nuns blamed Upali for upsetting their arrangements (Vin.iv.308).

According to the Peta vatthu and its Commentary (Pv.50; PvA.229ff), Kappitaka lived in Kapinaccana (near Vesali), and there the Licchavi Ambasakkhara offered him alms on behalf of a peta. He was evidently at one time a Jatila, with a large following of Jatilas, for he is described as jatilasahassassa abbhantaro thero. Sp.iv.937; PvA.230.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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