1. Kokālika (Kokāliya).– A monk, one of the chief partisans of Devadatta. Knowing the Buddha’s might, he was, at first, reluctant to join in Devadatta’s plot against him, but later allowed himself to be persuaded on hearing the scheme explained (Vin.ii.196; iii.171). When the monks blamed Devadatta for his misdeeds, Kokālika was always ready to defend him (Vin.iii.174). When Devadatta’s gains diminished, Kokālika went about praising him, his birth, accomplishments and holiness, and many believed him (J.ii.438 f). He was a great friend of Thullanandā (Vin.iv.335). We are told that once he expressed resentment because he had never been asked to recite the texts; so one day the monks gave him his chance. He ate his favourite soup, and at sundown, wearing a blue lower robe and an outer robe of white and carrying an elegantly carved fan, he appeared in the assembly. However, when he tried to recite sweat poured from his body and he was utterly confused. Henceforth the monks knew that his claim to learning was but pretence (J.ii.65 f).
Several Jātaka stories are related showing how, in previous births also, Kokālika had come to grief because of his fondness for talk and how he had been the accomplice of Devadatta. He is identified with: the jackal in the Daddara Jātaka (ii.65 ﬀ) and the Sīhakotthu Jātaka (ii.108); the ass in the lion’s skin in the Sīhacamma Jātaka (ii.110); the talkative turtle in the Kacchapa Jātaka (ii.175); the crow who praised the jackal (Devadatta) in the Jambukhādaka Jātaka (ii.438); the young cuckoo who lost his life because he sang, in the Koki Jātaka (iii.102); the tawny-
Buddhaghosa says (SNA.ii.473; AA.ii.850; SA.i.167) that this Kokālika was a brahmin and a pupil of Devadatta, and that he was called Mahā Kokālika to distinguish him from another Kokālika who was similarly called Cūḷa Kokālika (see Kokālika 2). There seems to be great confusions in the stories of these two men — if they were really two. In the Jātaka Commentary, for instance, the introductory stories of several of the Jātaka stories refer to the Takkāriya Jātaka for details of Kokālika, obviously having in mind Devadatta’s partisan; but the introductory story of the Takkāriya Jātaka is identical with that related elsewhere of Cūḷa Kokālika. See also DhA.iv.91 f, where the story of the talkative turtle is related to Kokālika of the Kokālika Sutta which, according to Buddhaghosa (SNA.ii.473) refers to Cūḷa Kokālika.
In the Byaggha Jātaka (J.ii.356) Kokālika is mentioned as having tried to persuade Sāriputta and Moggallāna to go with him to his own country and as having been very angry when they refused. Possibly this story also refers to Cūḷa Kokālika. See also Devadatta.
2. Kokālika (Kokāliya).– A monk, also called Cūḷa Kokālika to distinguish him from Kokālika (1). He was the son of Kokāli-
The Brahmā Sahampati informed the Buddha of Kokālika’s birth in the Paduma-