Kutakannatissa, Kutikannatissa: 1 definition



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Second son of Mahaculi and king of Ceylon (16-38 A.C.). He had entered the Order through fear of the infamous Anula, but later he led an army against her and slew her. He founded the Pelagama vihara, built the Vannaka canal, and laid out the Padumassara park. He founded, for his mother, a nunnery called the Dantageha. He had also constructed a wall, seven cubits high, round Anuradhapura. Bhatikabhaya was his son and successor (Mhv.xxxiv.28ff). The Dipavamsa (Dpv.xviii.37; but see xx.31, where he is called Tissa and his son Naga) appears to call him Kutikanna Abhaya, and speaks of him as a very devoted supporter of the nuns.

Kutakanna had a horse of the Ajaniya race called Gulavanna (SA.i.27; MA.ii.654).

Two theras are mentioned in the Vibhanga Commentary (VibhA.452) as having been held in special esteem by the king - Culasudhamma Thera of Girigamakanna and Tipitaka Culanaga Thera.

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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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