Kesakambala, Keshakambala, Kesa-kambala: 5 definitions


Kesakambala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

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

See Ajita Kesakambala.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Kesakambala in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Keśakambala (केशकम्बल) is the name of a teacher, according to the Dhammapadaṭṭha (Cf. Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra, chapter 4).—Accordingly, “According to the Dhammapadaṭṭha, wishing to damage the Buddha’s reputation, the heretical scholars went to a young nun of their sect, Ciñca, who pretended to go and spend the nights at the monastery of the Buddha and declare to anyone who wanted to listen that she had shared Gautama’s room. [...] The other versions of this story show considerable differences. Ciñcā Maṇavikā, also called Chaṇḍamanā, the proud, or the Woman with many tongues, is sometimes a heretic nun, disciple of Keśakambala, sometimes a delinquent Buddhist nun. In some sources, she suffers no punishment, in others she falls into hell; in one story, she is condemned to be burned, but the Buddha intercedes for her and she is simply banished. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kesakambala in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kesakambala : (nt.) a blanket made of hair.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kesakambala refers to: a hair blanket (according to Bdhgh human hair) D. I, 167=A. I, 240, 295=II. 206= Vin. I, 305=M. I, 78=Pug. 55; A. I, 286.

Note: kesakambala is a Pali compound consisting of the words kesa and kambala.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kesakambala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Keśakambala (केशकम्बल).—(or °lin), see Ajita.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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