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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Nigantha who had two interviews with the Buddha, as recorded in the Cula Saccaka Sutta and Maha Saccaka Sutta. He is addressed as Aggivessana, that being his gotta name (the Agnivesyayanas).

Buddhaghosa says (MA.i.450; cf. J.iii.1, where Sivavatika is called Avavadaka) that both his parents were Niganthas, skilled debaters, who married at the suggestion of the Licchavis, because they were unable to defeat each other in argument. The Licchavis provided for their maintenance. Four daughters were born to them: Sacca, Lola, Patacara and Sivavatika. These engaged in a discussion with Sariputta, and were defeated by him. Having then entered the Order, they became arahants. Saccaka was their brother and was the youngest of them. He was a teacher of the Licchavis and lived at Vesali.

When Saccaka was defeated by the Buddha as stated in the Cula Saccaka Sutta, one of the Licchavis, Dummukha, compared him to a crab in a pool, its claws being smashed one after the other and unable to return to the pool. Saccaka, owned defeat, and begged the Buddha to take a meal at his house. The Buddha agreed, and Saccaka became his follower (M.i.234f).

It is said (MA.i.469f) that, in a later birth, long after the Buddhas death, Saccaka was born in Ceylon as the Thera Kala Buddharakkhita and attained arahantship.

Saccaka, is identified with Senaka of the Maha Ummagga Jataka.

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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