Kukkutamitta, Kukkuṭamitta: 1 definition


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

A hunter. The daughter of a rich man in Rajagaha looks out of her window on the seventh storey and seeing the hunter pass through the street, falls in love with him. Learning from her slave that he is leaving the city the next day, she leaves her home secretly, joins Kukkutamitta on the road and elopes with him. Seven sons are born to them who, in course of time, marry and set up households of their own. One day, perceiving that the whole family is ripe for conversion, the Buddha goes to the place where Kukkutamittas nets are spread, leaves there his footprint and sits down under a tree. The hunter, having caught nothing, suspects that someone has set the animals free and on seeing the Buddha draws his bow. By the Buddhas power he is rooted to the spot, and likewise his sons who come with their wives to seek him. Kukkutamittas wife also comes, and seeing what has happened exclaims in riddling phrase: Do not kill my father. (It transpires that she had become a sotapanna while yet a girl.) The family ask pardon of the Buddha, and all become sotapannas. When the monks hear of this, they complain that Kukkutamittas wife, though a sotapanna, had all this while assisted her husband to take life. The Buddha assures them that such is not the case. A man may take poison in his hand, but if there be no wound there no harm comes to him.

In a previous existence, a county treasurer bid against a city treasurer for the principal share in the building of a shrine for the relics of Kassapa Buddha. When the city treasurer bid more than the county treasurer possessed, the latter offered to devote himself to the service of the shrine, together with his wife, his seven sons and their wives. Kukkutamitta was the county treasurer. DhA.iii.24-31.

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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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