1. Sankha. The Bodhisatta, born as a brahmin in
Molinīnagara (Benares). See the Sankha Jātaka.
2. Sankha. The Bodhisatta, born as a setthi of
Rājagaha. See the
3. Sankha. A future king, who will be the
Cakka-vatti of Ketumatī at the time of the appearance of
Metteyya Buddha in the
world. He will raise up again the palace of King
Mahāpanāda and live there. But
later he will give it to the Order and become an arahant. D.iii.75f.; Anāgat. p.
42 (vs. 10).
According to the Commentary (DA.iii.856), he was one of
two cane workers (nalakārā), father and son, who made a hut for a Pacceka
Buddha. After death, both were born in heaven. The son became
later, Bhaddaji. The father is in the deva world and will be reborn as Sankha. Mahāpanāda's palace still remains un-destroyed,
ready for his use.
4. Sankha. A Nāga king; a previous birth of Rāhula.
SnA.i.341; but elsewhere (e.g., SA.iii.26) he is called Pālita. See
5. Sankha. One of the treasure troves which arose
from the earth for the use of the Bodhisatta in his last lay life. These
appeared on the day of his birth. DA.i.284.
6. Sankha. The Bodhisatta born as a brahmin in
Takkasilā. He was the father of
Susīma. See the Sankha Jātaka (2).
7. Sankha. A general of Kittisirimegha; he lived in
Badalatthalī. The king entrusted him with the celebrations in connection with
the upanayana ceremony of Parakkamabāhu (afterwards Parakkamabāhu I.). When
Parakkamabāhu returned to Badalatthalī in his tour of preparation, Sankha
welcomed him and paid him all honour. But Parakkamabāhu proved treacherous and
had him slain. Cv.lxiv.8f., 22f.; lxv.13f, 27f.
8. Sankha. A Singhalese general who maintained a
stronghold in Gahgādoni in the Manimekhala district, while Māgha ruled in the
Sankha Sutta. The Buddha, at the Pāvārika ambavana,
has a discussion with Asibandhakaputta regarding the teachings of
Nigantha-Nātaputta and proves to him that Nigantha's teachings are contradictory
and misleading as compared with his own. The Ariyan disciple, by following the
Buddha's teaching, cultivates kindliness, compassion and equanimity and suffuses
the four quarters with these qualities, as easily as a powerful conch-blower
fills the four quarters with sound. S. iv.317f.