A merchant of Benares, the Bodhisatta.
He was a potter and owned a donkey who carried loads of pots and could travel
seven leagues a day. Once Kappata took the donkey to Takkasilā, where the latter
became so enamoured of a female donkey that he refused to go home until the
merchant promised to find him a mate equally beautiful. On reaching home the
merchant offered to fulfil his promise, but refused to supply any extra food for
the animal's mate or for the foals if any were born. This opened the donkey's
eyes, and he renounced his desire for a mate. The donkey is identified with
Nanda, and the female donkey with
Janapadakalyānī Nandā (DhA.i.103f).