Karambiya: 1 definition

Introduction

Karambiya 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 seaport. Thither came a man, saved from a wreck, without any clothes, who set up as a naked ascetic and became known by the name of Karambiya (v.l. Karamhiya). Among his followers was a Naga king, Pandara, and also a Garuda king. At the latters request, he persuaded Pandara to tell him how the Nagas escaped destruction by the Garudas, and later he divulged the secret to the Garuda king. The ascetics treachery was discovered, and when he swore his innocence his head split in seven and he was dragged to Avici.

The story is given in the Pandara Jataka (J.v.75ff), and is referred to in the Milindapanha (p.201).

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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