Kokalika Sutta, Kokaliya Sutta, Kokālika-sutta: 1 definition


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1. Kokalika (Kokaliya) Sutta (See Kokalika 2) - The story of Kokalika - according to Buddhaghosa (SnA.ii.473), to be distinguished as Cula Kokalika. It contains the verses preached by the Buddha to Kokalika. The verses describe the evil of back biting and the terrors that await the back biter after death. The Sutta Nipata contains twenty two verses (657-78). The Sutta Nipata Commentary says (p.477f) that the last two stanzas are not explained in the Maha Atthakatha, and that therefore they did not belong to the original sutta. Of the remaining twenty the last fourteen (663-76) are called by Buddhaghosa the Turitavatthugatha, and he says that they were uttered by Moggallana as Kokalika lay dying, by way of admonition, and that, according to others, Maha Brahma was the speaker. The first three stanzas (658-60) are, in the Samyutta Nikaya (i.149), attributed to Tudu. In the Anguttara Nikaya (v.171-4; the verses are also found in A.ii.3 and in S.i.149ff; Netti.132), also, Tudu speaks them; but according to this version the Buddha repeats them.

2. Kokalika Sutta - Gives the story of Kokalika (2) speaking ill of Sariputta and Moggallana before the Buddha, of Kokalikas illness and death, of his admonition by Tudu, and of the announcement of his death and subsequent birth in the Paduma niraya by Sahampati to the Buddha. A monk questions the Buddha on the duration of suffering in the Paduma niraya, and the Buddha proceeds to instruct him by means of various illustrations. The sutta ends with the repetition by the Buddha of Tudus verses. A.v.171-4; also S.i.149ff.

3. Kokalika Sutta - Subrahma visits the Buddha at Savatthi and utters verses in reference to Kokalika. The man who tries to limit the illimitable becomes confused. S.i.148.

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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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