v.l. Kaṇḍaka.– A novice ordained by Upananda. Kaṇṭaka committed an offence with another novice, Mahaka. When this became known, a rule was passed that no monk should ordain two novices (Vin.i.79); this rule was, however, later rescinded (Vin.i.83). Elsewhere (Vin.i.85), Kaṇṭaka is mentioned as being expelled from the Order for having had sexual intercourse with a nun, Kaṇṭakā by name. According to the Pācittiya (Vin.iv.138 f), Kaṇṭaka held the same false views as Ariṭṭha (q.v.), and for that reason he was expelled from the Saṅgha. The group of six monks (Chabbaggiyā), however, received him into their ranks and gave him every encouragement. In the Samantapāsādikā (iv.874) Kaṇṭaka sāmaṇera is mentioned with Ariṭṭha and the Vajjiputtakā, as having been an enemy of the Buddha’s religion.
Kaṇṭaka Sutta:– When the Buddha was staying at the Kuṭāgārasālā in Vesāli, the Licchavi, with their retinues, came to visit him in large numbers and created a great uproar. Some the Buddha’s eminent disciples who were with the Buddha, such as Cāla, Upacāla, Kakkaṭa, Kaḷimbha, Nikaṭa and Kaṭissaha, therefore retired into various woodland solitudes, such as Gosiṅgasālavanadāya, which were close by. The Buddha praised them, saying that noise was a thorn to a meditator, and taught this discourse on the ten kinds of thorns. A.v.133.