1. Nandiya Thera
He belonged to a Sākiyan family of
Kapilavatthu, and was called Nandiya
because his birth brought bliss. He left the world at the same time as
and the others, and he soon attained arahantship. Thereafter he dwelt with his
companions in the Pācīnavamsamigadāya
(Vin.i.350f. It was to them that the Upakkilesa
Sutta was preached, M.iii.155. Later, they seem to have lived in the
Gosingasālavana, M.i.205). It is said that
MarĀ appeared before him in a terrible form,
but Nandiya drove him away.
In the time of Padumuttara Buddha, Nandiya built an altar of sandalwood at
the Buddha's cetiya and held great celebrations. Fifteen kappas ago Nandiya was
eight times born as king under the name of Samatta (Samagga) (Thag.25;
ThagA.82f.) He is probably identical with
Saparivāriya of the Apadāna (i.172).
According to the Mahāvastu (iii.177) Nandiya (Nandika) was the son of
He was a special friend of Kimbila. ThagA.i.276.
A Sākiyan layman, evidently to be distinguished from the above. He visited
the Buddha at the Nigrodhārāma in
Kapilavatthu and had a discussion with him
on the different kinds of Ariyan disciple, the one
who dwells in remissness and the one who is earnest (S.v.397ff.; see also p.
403). Later, when the Buddha returned to Sāvatthi
for the rainy season, Nandiya also went there, finding some business to do, and
from time to time he visited the Buddha. At the end of the rains, when the
Buddha and the monks were about to start on tour, Nandiya went to the Buddha and
was taught the eleven conditions which lead to the destruction of evil.
A householder of Benares. He was very pious
and looked after his parents. When they wished him to marry
Revatī, he refused because she belonged to a
family of unbelievers. But when Revatī offered to help Nandiya in all his work,
he agreed and they were married. When Nandiya's parents died, leaving him very
rich, he used the money to feed the poor and needy. Later he built a quadruple
hall in the great monastery at Isipatana and
furnished it with great splendour. On the day of its dedication to the Buddha
and the monks, as the water of donation fell on the Buddha's hand, there arose
in Tāvatimsa a celestial mansion, measuring
twelve leagues in each direction, for Nandiya's use. During one of
Moggallāna's visits to Tāvatimsa he
saw this mansion, and was told by many nymphs that they were awaiting Nandiya's
arrival (DhA.iii.290ff). The Vimāna Vatthu Commentary (VvA.222f ) goes on to say
that after a life devoted to good deeds Nandiya died, and was born in his
celestial mansion, and that Revatī, on the death of her husband, stopped the
gifts of alms, abused the monks, and was cast alive into the
Ussada niraya by the orders of
A Paribbājaka who visits the Buddha at Jetavana and asks him the conditions
for the attainment of nibbana. The Buddha teaches him the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Bodhisatta born as a monkey. For his story see the
Cūla Nandiya Jātaka (J.ii.199ff.).
He is also called Mahā Nandiya to distinguish him from his brother.
The Bodhisatta born as a deer. See the
Nandiyamiga Jātaka. J. iii.270ff.
A king of sixteen kappas ago; a former birth of
1. Nandiya Sutta
The Paribbājaka Nandiya (see Nandiya 4) visits the Buddha and is instructed
in the Noble Eightfold Path. S. v.11.
2. Nandiya Sutta
The Sākiyan Nandiya (Nandiya 2) visits the Buddha and learns the difference
between the Ariyan disciple who is remise and the one who is earnest. S. v.397ff.
3. Nandiya Sutta
Nandiya, the Sākiyan, is taught by the Buddha hat the Ariyan disciple who is
possessed of unwavering loyalty to the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, and
who has the Ariyan qualities, is bound for enlightenment. S. v.403.
4. Nandiya Sutta
Relates the visit of Nandiya, the Sākiyan (Nandiya 2) to Sāvatthi, to be near
the Buddha, and the instruction he receives from the Buddha at the end of the
rainy season. A.v.334ff.