Nalakapana, Nalakapāna: 1 definition


Nalakapana means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names


A village in Kosala, where the Buddha once stayed and preached the Nalakapana Sutta (M.i.462). The village received its name from the Nalakapana pokkharani (MA.ii.66 4f.; AA.ii.813). The reason for the name of this pond, which was in the village, is given in the Nalapana Jataka. There were two groves near the village, the Ketakavana and the Palasavana; in the latter, Sariputta preached two sermons at the request of the Buddha. A.v.122f., 125 f.

1. Nalakapana Sutta

Preached at the Palasavana in Nalakapana. The Buddha asks the assembled monks among whom are many distinguished members, such as Anuruddha, Kimbila, Nandiya and others - if they feel they have realized the aim for which they have given up household life? On their assenting, he proceeds to tell them that when he claims that he has destroyed the asavas and that his disciples have gained various attainments through his teaching, he does so, not in order to cajole or to delude others, nor to gain fame and profit for himself, but to hearten and fill with enthusiasm believing young men, that they may concentrate with their whole hearts and follow the example of his disciples. M.i.462ff.

2. Nalakapana Sutta

The Buddha, having preached to the monks in Palasavana in Nalakapana till late at night, asks Sariputta to continue, as he has pain in his back and wishes to rest. Sariputta thereupon takes up the sermon and tells the monks of the necessity for saddha, hiri, ottappa, viriya and panna, for the performance of good works. The Buddha returns and praises Sariputta. A.v.122ff.

3. Nalakapana Sutta

The circumstances are the same as in (2), but the qualities mentioned by Sariputta differ - saddha, hiri, ottappa, viriya, sotavadhana, dhammadharana, atthupaparikkha, dhammanudhammapatipatti, and appamada. A.v.125ff.

context information

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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