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Saṅkha

1. Saṅkha.– The Bodhisatta, born as a brahmin in Molinīnagara (Bārāṇasī). See the Saṅkha Jātaka.

2. Saṅkha.– The Bodhisatta, born as a millionaire of Rājagaha. See the Asampadāna Jātaka.

3. Saṅkha.– A future king, who will be the Cakkavatti of Ketumatī at the time of the appearance of Metteyya Buddha in the world. He will raise up again the palace of King Mahāpanāda and live there. However, later he will give it to the Order and become an Arahant. D.iii.75 f; Anāgat. p.42 (vs. 10).

According to the Commentary (DA.iii.856), he was one of two cane workers (nalakārā), father and son, who made a hut for a Pacceka Buddha. After death, both were born in heaven. The son became Mahāpanāda, and, later, Bhaddaji. The father is in the deva world and will be reborn as Saṅkha. Mahāpanāda’s palace still remains un-destroyed, ready for his use.

4. Saṅkha.– A Nāga king; a previous birth of Rāhula. SNA.i.341; but elsewhere (e.g., SA.iii.26) he is called Pālita. See Pālita.

5. Saṅkha.– One of the treasure troves which arose from the earth for the use of the Bodhisatta in his last lay life. These appeared on the day of his birth. DA.i.284.

6. Saṅkha.– The Bodhisatta born as a brahmin in Takkasilā. He was the father of Susīma. See the Saṅkha Jātaka (2).

7. Saṅkha.– A general of Kittisirimegha; he lived in Badalatthalī. The king entrusted him with the celebrations in connection with the upanayana ceremony of Parakkamabāhu (afterwards Parakkamabāhu I). When Parakkamabāhu returned to Badalatthalī in his tour of preparation, Saṅkha welcomed him and paid him all honour. However, Parakkamabāhu proved treacherous and had him slain. Cv.lxiv.8 f., 22 f; lxv.13 f, 27 f.

8. Saṅkha.– A Singhalese general who maintained a stronghold in Gaṅgādoni in the Maṇimekhala district, while Māgha ruled in the capital. Cv.lxxxi.7 f.

Saṅkha Sutta.– The Buddha, at the Pāvārika ambavana, has a discussion with Asibandhakaputta regarding the teachings of Nigaṇṭha-Nāṭaputta and proves to him that Nigaṇṭha’s teachings are contradictory and misleading as compared with his own. The Noble Disciple, by following the Buddha’s teaching, cultivates kindness, compassion and equanimity and suffuses the four quarters with these qualities, as easily as a powerful conch-blower fills the four quarters with sound. S.iv.317 f.

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