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     Kakusandha Buddha


Kakusandha is well known to all as the twenty-second Buddha in the Pali tradition. His birth place was Khema Park. His father's name was Aggidatta, who was a Brahmin priest of the king Khemankara of Khemavati. His mother's name was Vishakha. His wife's name was Virochamana and his son's name Uttara.

He refused to live the worldly life on a chariot at the age of four thousand years; and practised graveness for eight months. He daily accepted the milk-rice from a brahmin girl Vajirindha of the village Suchirindha just before his clarification; and sat on the grass seat prepared by Subhadda. He achieved clarification under a Sirisa tree; and passed on his first lecture to the assembly of eighty-four thousand monks in a park near Makila.

His topmost followers were Vidhura and Sanjiva among the male monks; and Sama and Champa among the female monks. His head assistant was Buddhija. Acchuta and Samana among the men; and Nanda and Sunanda among the women were his head clients. Acchuta built a monastery for Kakusandha Buddha on the same site, which was later chosen by Anathapindika for Jetavana Arama for Gotama Buddha.

In Accordance to the Samyutta Nikaya, the Vepulla mount of Rajgir was then called Pachinvamsa; and the people of that region were known as Tivara.

He died at the age of forty thousand years.

The Bodhisatta during the time of Kakusandha was born as King Khema. 

 

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