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1. Kāḷa.– Son of Anāthapiṇḍika.– As he showed no signs of piety his father, feeling very distressed, made a solemn promise to give him a thousand if he kept the fast-day. Kāḷa won the money, and the next day he was promised a thousand if he would listen to the Buddha teaching and learn a single verse of the Dhamma. He listened to the Buddha’s discourse, but by the will of the Buddha he could not keep in mind a single verse until the discourse came to an end. He then became a Stream-winner and accompanied the Buddha and the monks to his father’s house. There, when in the presence of them all Anāthapiṇḍika gave Kāḷa the money, he refused to accept it, and the Buddha explained what had happened. DhA.iii.189 ff

2. Kāḷa.– An elder. A certain woman ministered to him as though he were her son, but when she expressed her desire to see the Buddha, Kāḷa tried to dissuade her from doing so. One day she visited the Buddha without telling Kāḷa of her intention, and when he learnt where she had gone he hurried to the Buddha and tried to prevent him from teaching her, in case she should stop caring for him. DhA.iii.155 f

3. Kāḷa.– Minister of Pasenadi. He was grieved when the king spent his fortune in giving alms to the Buddha and his monks at the Asadisa-dāna; the Buddha, knowing his thoughts, spoke but a single stanza by way of thank offering at the end of the dāna lest Kāḷa’s head should split in seven pieces in anger. When the king learnt, on inquiry, why the Buddha had so acted, he dismissed Kāḷa from his service. DA.ii.654 f; DhA.iii.186‑8; also ii.89.

4. Kāḷa.– An elder of Kosala. He joined the Order in his old age and lived in the forest with his friend Juṇha. Once the question arose between them as to which part of the month was cold, and being unable to decide the question, they sought the Buddha, who taught them the Māluta Jātaka (q.v.) (J.i.165)

5. Kāḷa.– The name given by his wife to the Ājīvaka Upaka (ThigA.i.223) because he was dark in complexion (ThigA.i.226).

6. Kāḷa.– King of the Nāgā; see Mahākāḷa (3).

7. Kāḷa.– A young stag, son of the Bodhisatta; a previous birth of Devadatta. The story is given in the Lakkhaṇa Jātaka. J.i.142 f

8. Kāḷa.– See Kāḷahatthi.

9. Kāḷa.– One of the hells (niraya). J.vi.248.

10. Kāḷa.– A Pacceka Buddha, mentioned in a list of Pacceka Buddhas. M.iii.70; ApA.i.107.

11. Kāḷa.– Brother of Pasenadi, king of Kosala. Dvy.153.

12. Kāḷa.– See also Cūḷakāḷa, Mahā-Kāḷa and Kāḷudāyī.