Nalakara, aka: Naḷakāra, Nalakāra; 2 Definition(s)


Nalakara 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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The Bodhisatta, born as a deva in Tavatimsa. In his previous life he had been a farmer in Benares. One day, while going to his fields, he saw a Pacceka Buddha. Thereupon he turned back, took the Pacceka Buddha home, fed him, and, with his son, built for him a hut with reed walls, on the banks of the Ganges, looked after him in the rains and gave him robes to wear.

When Sumedha, queen of Suruci, yearned for a son, Nalakara agreed to be born as her son, at Sakkas request; he then came to be called Mahapanada (J.iv.318 23). Regarding his son, see Sankha (DA.iii.806f).

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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naḷakāra : (m.) basket-maker; a worker in reeds.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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