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1. Nandā

Chief woman disciple of Dīpankara Buddha. Bu.ii.214; J. i.29.

2. Nandā

One of the four wives of Magha. When Magha and his friends built their hall, Nandā had a pond built in the grounds. As a result, she was reborn as the mate of Sakka, and the Nandāpokkharanī came into existence on account of her merit. J.i.201ff.; DhA.i.269f.

3. Nandā

Three daughters of the Bodhisatta in one of his births. For details see the Suvannahamsa Jātaka.

4. Nandā

Daughter of Candakumāra, J. vi.134.

5. Nandā

A nun, sister of Thullanandā. Her other two sisters were Nandavatī and Sundarinandā. Vin.iv.211, 259.

6. Nandā Therī

Declared by the Buddha (A.i.25) to be foremost among nuns in meditative power (jhāyīnam). She was the daughter of Suddhodana and Mahā Pajāpatī and was therefore Sister of Nanda Thera.

She is evidently to be identified with Sundarī-nandā.

There were three therīs (SnA..i.241) of the name of Nandā who were ordained with Pajāpatī:

  • Nandā, sister of Nanda Thera (also evidently called Sundarī-nandā and sometimes Rūpa-nandā and even Janapadakalyāni-nandā), (E.g. AA.i.198; and ThigA.80),
  • Abhirūpā-nandā (daughter of Khema the Sākyan) and
  • Janapadakalyāni-nanda (evidently sometimes also called Rūpā-nandā, E.g.,DhA.iii.113f.).

The legends about them seem to have been confused from very early times.

7. Nandā

A nun (evidently distinct from No. 6) mentioned as having died at Nātika and having been reborn spontaneously in the Suddhāvāsā, there to pass away, never to return. D.ii.91; S. v.356f.

8. Nandā

One of the chief women supporters of Kakusandha Buddha. Bu.xxiii.22.

9. Nandā

Daughter of King Ananda of Hamsavatī and half sister of Padumuttara Buddha. She was a previous birth of Sakulā (Pakulā) Therī (q.v.). ThigA.91, 92.

10. Nandā Therī

An arahant. Sister of King Kālāsoka. She was instrumental in winning the king's support for the orthodox monks, when he was inclined to favour the heretics. Mhv.iv.38ff.; probably the same as Dpv. xviii.10.

11. Nandā

Wife of Nandasena.

12. Nandā

One of the palaces occupied by Paduma Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.ix.17.

13. Nandā

A palace occupied by Sujāta Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.xiii.21.

14. Nandā

Probably the name of a celestial female musician,of Indra. Vv.ii.10; iv.25; but see PvA. (372), note on p.93 (1.23).

15. Nandā

The collective name of the nine Nandas (see Nanda 20) who ruled after the ten sons of Kālāsoka. Mhv.v.15.


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