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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Khemaka - A Sakyan of Kapilavatthu, father of Abhirupa Nanda. See also Kala Khemaka. ThigA.25; Ap.ii.608.

2. Khemaka Thera - An arahant. Once, when he lay very ill at the Badarikarama, near Kosambi, some monks, staying at the Ghositarama, sent one of their number, Dasaka, with a message to Khemaka, inquiring whether he managed to bear his pains. Dasaka returned with the reply that he did not; he was sent again to ask if Khemaka had seen the self in the five khandhas; when Dasaka returned with the answer that he had not, be was sent a third time to ask whether Khemaka was an arahant. No, came the answer, and Dasaka had to visit him a fourth time with the inquiry, What did Khemaka mean by self? In exasperation Khemaka came himself to Ghositarama and explained how, even when the Noble Disciple has put away the five lower fetters, there still clings to him a subtle remnant of the I conceit. It is said that as a result of the sermon Khemaka himself and sixty others became arahants (S.iii.126ff).

The Commentary (SA.ii.230f) explains that the monks wished to hear Khemaka because they knew his ability, and they also knew that if they showed keenness to learn he would come to them. They did not go to him because his but was small, and they did not actually ask him to come to them because he was ill.

3. Khemaka, Khema, Khemanesada - The name given to the fowler who caught the golden swan from Cittakuta, at the request of King Seyya (v.l. Samyama), as narrated in the Mahahamsa Jataka (q.v.). Khemaka received his name from the lake Khema, of which he was in charge. He is identified with Channa (J.v.356ff).

4. Khemaka - See Khemavati.

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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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