Nandopananda, aka: Nandopānanda; 2 Definition(s)


Nandopananda 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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A Naga king, tamed by Moggallana. The Buddha and five hundred monks, on their way to Tavatimsa one morning, travelled over the Naga kings abode as he was having a meal. In anger, the Naga coiled round Sineru and covered the road to Tavatimsa..

Thereupon several members of the Buddhas retinue, including Ratthapala, Bhaddiya and Rahula, offered to quell the Nagas power, but the Buddha would not agree until Moggallana sought permission to do so. It is said that no other monk had the power to face all the dangers created by the Naga and remain unscathed. Moggallana and Nandopananda vied with one another in the exhibition of their iddhi power, and, in the end, Nandopananda had to acknowledge defeat. He was thereupon conducted to the Buddha, whose follower he became. When Anathapindika heard of Moggallanas victory, he celebrated it by holding a great alms festival, lasting for seven days, for the Buddha and his monks. ThagA.ii.188f.; J.v.126.

In the Divyavadana (p.395) Nanda and Upananda are spoken of as two Naga kings.

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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Nandopananda (नन्दोपनन्द) is name of a Nāga king, as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—One day the Buddha accompanied by five hundred monks went to the Trāyastriṃśa gods but, in order to do so, he had to fly over the home of the Nāga king Nandopananda. Fearing that the dust from the feet of these shaven monks might fall on his head, the nāga wanted to prevent them from passing overhead. He wound his coils seven times around Mount Meru in order to hide the Trāyastriṃśa heaven from them. The Buddha entrusted the task of conquering him to Maudgalyāyana.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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