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Nandā

1. Nandā.– Chief woman disciple of Dīpaṅkara 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 Nandā-pokkharaṇī came into existence on account of her merit. J.i.201 ff; DhA.i.269 f.

3. Nandā.– Three daughters of the Bodhisatta in one of his births. For details see the Suvaṇṇahaṃsa Jātaka.

4. Nandā.– Daughter of Candakumāra, J.vi.134.

5. Nandā.– A nun, sister of Thullanandā. Her other two sisters were Nandavatī and Sundarī-Nandā. Vin.iv.211, 259.

6. Nandā Therī.– Declared by the Buddha (A.i.25) to be foremost among nuns in meditative power (jhāyīnaṃ). She was the daughter of Suddhodana and Mahāpajāpatī 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:

  1. Nandā, sister of Nanda Thera (also evidently called Sundarī-Nandā and sometimes Rūpa-Nandā and even Janapadakalyāṇī-Nandā), (e.g. AA.i.198; and ThigA.80),
  2. Abhirūpā-Nandā (daughter of Khema the Sākyan) and
  3. Janapadakalyāṇī-Nanda (evidently sometimes also called Rūpa-Nandā, e.g.,DhA.iii.113 f ).

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 Ñātika and having been reborn spontaneously in the Suddhāvāsa, there to pass away, never to return. D.ii.91; S.v.356 f.

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

9. Nandā.– Daughter of King Ānanda of Haṃsavatī 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 Kāḷāsoka. She was instrumental in winning the king’s support for the orthodox monks, when he was inclined to favour the heretics. Mhv.iv.38 ff. 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 Kāḷāsoka. Mhv.v.15.

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