Pali Proper Names
- N -
- Nāradakūta. A mountain, the dwelling place of the Yakkha
Nārada 15. Bu.ii.199.
- Naradevagāthā. A set of verses in praise of the Buddha, compiled by
a Sinhalese monk. Gv.p.65.
- Naramittā. An eminent Therī of Anurādhapura. Dpv.xviii.15.
- Narapati Sithu. King of Pagan (1167 1202 A.C.). He was a very
enlightened monarch and a great patron of learning. His tutor was Aggavamsa.
For details see Bode: op. cit., 16, 20, 21, 23, 31.
- Narasīhadeva. An officer of Kulasekhara. Cv.lxxvi.95, 174.
- Narasīhapadmara. An ally of Kulasekhara. He was captured by
Lankāpura. Cv.Ixxvii.76, 86.
- Naratungabrahmā. A Damila chieftain of South India, defeated by the
forces of Parakkamabāhu I., near Rāmissara. Cv.Ixxvi.98.
- Naravāhana. One of the palaces occupied by Padumuttara Buddha in
his last lay life. Bu.xi.20.
- Nārāyana sanghāta bala. The name given to a certain measure of
physical strength. It was the equivalent of the strength of ten Chaddanta
elephants and was the strength of the Buddha. VibhA.397; SNA.ii.401.
- Nāri. One of the palaces occupied by Tissa Buddha in his last lay
life. Bu.xviii.17; BuA (188) calls it Nārisa.
- Narinda. A Nāga king, who gave grass for his seat to Vessabhū
- Nārisa. See Nārī.
- Nārivaddhana. One of the palaces occupied by Sumangala Buddha in
his last lay life. BuA.125; but see Bu.v.22, where other names are given.
- Nārivana. A grove in Himavā where grew flowers shaped like the
bodies of women. J.v.152.
- Nārivasabha. One of the palaces occupied by Sikhī Buddha in his
last lay life. BuA.201; but Bu (xxi.16) gives other names.
- Naruttama. Seventy three kappas ago there were four kings of this
name, all previous births of Tikannapupphiya. Ap.i.195.
- Nāsenti Sutta. The five powers of woman beauty, wealth,
kindred, sons and virtue. But if she has no virtue, the possession of other
qualities will not prevent her from being cast out. S.iv.247.
- Nāsinnagāma. A village in the ālisāra district of Ceylon.
- Natakuvera. A musician of the king of
Benares, whose queen was Kākāti. For details see the
Kākāti Jataka. J.iii.91ff.; v.424.
Natakuvera is identified with the discontented monk with reference to whom the
Jataka was preached.
- Natamdalha Vagga. The sixth chapter of the Duka Nipata of the
Jataka Commentary. J.ii.139 64.
- Natapubbaka. The name given to two monks who were once mimes.
Later, they joined the Order and became arahants. DhA.iv.224,225.
- Nātapuriya. A city in Uttarakuru.
- Nātaputta, Nāthaputta. See
- Nāthadeva. A name given to Visnu as the protector (nātha) of
Ceylon. Cv.c.248; Cv.Trs.ii.243, n.6.
- Nāthaputtiyā. The followers of
Nigantha Nātaputta. D.iii.117.
- Natthi putta sama Sutta. Records a conversation between a deva and
the Buddha. The deva mentions certain things considered as unique and the
Buddha gives a different list. S.i.6.
- Na-tumhā Sutta. The body is not yours
nor is it any others. It is brought about by actions in the past, etc. Thus
does the Ariyan disciple comprehend the causal law.' This sutta influenced
Pitamalla Thera to join the Order.' (S.2.64,
MA. I. 190).
- Na-tumhāka Vagga. The fourth chapter of the Khandha Samyutta.'
- Na-tumhākam Sutta. None of the khandhas belong to you; therefore
they should be put away. The putting of them away will be for your profit and
- Na-tumhākam Sutta. The eye is not yours, nor objects, nor
eye-consciousness - even so with the other senses. They should therefore be
put away. Such putting away is for your profit and welfare. (S.4.81-2).
- Nava Nandā.- See Nanda (20).
- Navagāmapura. A locality in Ceylon mentioned in an account of the
campaigns of Parakkamabāhu I. Cv.lxxii.137.
- Nāvāgirisa. A village in Ceylon, where Parakkamabāhu I. spent some
time before coming to the throne. Cv.lxvi.92.
- Navakammika Sutta. Records the conversation between the Buddha and
Navakammika Bhāradvāja (S.i.179).
- Navanavatiya. A city in Uttarakuru
- Navapūrana Vagga. The fifteenth chapter of the Salāyatana Samyutta
- Navaratha. One of the descendants of King Maha-Sammata. Dpv.iii.40.
- Navavamsa.-Probably another name for the Cūlavamsa. It is ascribed
to Nava-Mahānāma. Gv.70.
- Navavimalabuddhi. See Vimalabuddhi.
- Navayojanarattha. A district in Rohana. Cv.lxxii.60, 61, 72; see
also Cv.Trs,i.324, n. 7.
- Nāvindakī. One of King Eleyya's guards. He was a follower of
- Nayanussava. A garden in Pulatthipura, laid out by Parakkamabāhu I.
- Nemindhara (v.l. Nimindhara). One of the seven mountain ranges
round Sineru. J.vi.125; Sp.i.119; SNA.ii.443; Dvy.217; Mtu.ii.300.
- Nesāda. A brahmin, a previous birth of Sattapaduminiya. Ap.i.254.
- Nesādaka. A hill where the Thera Mahānāma practised meditation.
- Nettāru. A locality in South India. Cv.lxxvi.189.
- Nettī. A Yakkha chieftain. D.iii.204.
- Nibbedha Sutta. The Buddha tells Udāyi that a monk who cultivates
the seven bojjhangas will penetrate and break through lust, hatred and
- Nibbedhika Sutta. Four things that lead to penetration: association
with the good, listening to the doctrine, reflection, observance of the
- Nibbedhikapariyāya. A comprehensive discourse addressed to the
monks on sense desires, their source, their variety, their fruit, and the
steps leading thereto. A.iii.410f.; it is often quoted, e.g., UdA.176;
- Nibbindā. A channel, branching eastwards from the Aciravatī canal
of the Mahāvālukagangā. Cv.lxxix.53.
- Niccavinodavānava. A Damila chief, ally of Kulasekhara.
- Nicchavitthiaticārinī Sutta. Mahāmoggallāna reports to the
Buddha that while descending Gijjhakūta he saw a flayed woman going through
the air. The Buddha replies that the woman was an adulteress of Rājagaha.
- Nicchavorabhi Sutta. Similar to the above; a flayed man, a
sheep butcher of Rājagaha. S.ii.256.
- Niceluvana. A grove of mucalinda, trees in Kimbilā. A.iii.247. (The
P.T.S. Ed. reads Veluvana.) AA.ii.642.
- Nidāna Samyutta. The twelfth section of the Samyutta Nikāya. S.ii.1
- Nidāna Vagga. The second division of the Samyutta Nikāya. Vol.II.
of the P.T.S. Edition.
- Nidānuddesa. One of the five divisions of the Pātimokkha.
- Niddā. An upāsīkā who was born as a vemānika
peta. Vv.ii.8; VvA.117.
- Niddātandi Sutta. Preached in answer to the question of a deva:
sloth, drowsiness and surfeit of food prevent understanding of the Noble
Eightfold Path. S.i.7.
- Niddhamana Sutta. Ten things which are burnt out by the possession
of their opposites. A.v.220f.
- Nidhikanda Sutta. One of the suttas
of the Khuddakapātha (Khp.p.7). A man buries treasure that he may use it
later, but very often he loses it; not so is the treasure laid up by the doing
of good deeds.
- Nigaladha. A Damila chief, ruler of Velankundi and ally of
Kulasekhara. He was won over by Lankāpura. Cv.lxxvi.138; lxivii.10f.; 89ff.
- Nigamaggāmappāsāda. A monastery in Gangāsiripura, restored by
Vijayabāhu IV. Cv.lxxxviii.49.
- Nigaya. A Damila chief, ally of Kulasekhara, subdued by Lankāpura.
- Nighā Sutta. The three pains of lust, hatred and
illusion. For their full comprehension the Noble Eightfold Path must be
- Nighandu. A yakkha chieftain, to be invoked by followers of the
Buddha when in distress (D.iii.204). He was present at the Mahāsamaya. Ibid.,
Nigrodha Jātaka (No. 445)
Nigrodha Kappa Thera
- Nigrodhamāragallaka. A place in Rohana, mentioned in the campaigns
of Parakkamabāhu I. Cv.lxxv.182.
Nigrodhamiga Jātaka (No. 12)
- Nigrodhapitthi. A vihāra in Ceylon, the residence of Mahāsīva
- Nigrodhasāla. A mound in Rohana, near which Velusumana killed
Elāra's giant Nandasārathī. MT.441.
- Nigrodhasālakhanda.-A village in Ceylon. Ras.ii.46.
- Nigundivālukā tittha. A ford in the Mahāvālukanadī. Cv.lxxii.37.
- Nijjarā Sutta. Ten things, which are brought to nought by the
cultivation of their opposites. A.v.215f.
- Nikapennaka padhānaghara. A building on the Cittalapabbata, the
residence of Cūlasumana. Vsm.ii.634; see also Ninkaponna, below.
- Nikattha Sutta. Four kinds of people in the world: those with
debased bodies and noble minds, with noble bodies and debased minds, with both
mind and body noble, with both debased. A.ii.137f.
- Nikkammatissa.- See
- Nikumba. The name of a country. Mil.327.
- Nīlagallaka. An officer of Parakkamabāhu I. Cv.lxx.67.
- Nīlageha. A building (pariccheda: cell ?) erected by Aggabodhi II.
for the Thera Jotipāla. Cv.xlii.39.
- Nīlagiri. See Nīlagalla (2), also
- Nīlapabbata Vihāra.-A monastery near Halloligāma.
- Nīlapokkharanī. A pond, probably in Anurādhapura. It was one of the
places from which clay was taken for the vessels which held the paraphernalia
used in royal coronations. MT.307.
- Nilārāma. A monastery in Ceylon to which Udaya I. gave the village
of Kālussa. Cv.xlix.16.
- Nīlavāhanā. One of the three rivers crossed by Mahā Kappina on his
way from Kukkutavatī to see the Buddha. DhA.ii.120.
- Nīlavāhinī. A channel branching off from the Mālatipuppha sluice in
the Parakkamasamudda. Cv.lxxix.42.
- Nīlavālatittha. A locality in Rohanna, identified with the modern
Mātara. Cv.lxxv.48; Cv.Trs.ii.48, n.2.
- Nilavāsi. A Thera mentioned as staying at the
- Niliya. A Damila brahmin, purohita in the palace. He became the
paramour of Anulā and occupied the throne for six months, until she poisoned
him. Mhv.xxxiv.24ff.; Dpv.xx.29.
- Nilīya. A hunter. J.iii.330.
- Nimitta Vagga. The eighth chapter of the Duka Nipāta of the
Anguttara Nikāya. A.i.82f.
- Nimittasa˝˝aka Thera. An arahant. Ninety four kappas ago he was a
hermit on the banks of the Candabhāgā, and, seeing a golden deer wandering in
the forest, his mind turned to thoughts of the Buddhas. Twenty seven kappas
ago he was a king named Ara˝˝asatta. Ap.i.261.
- Nimittavyākaranīya Thera. An arahant. Ninety two kappas ago he was
an ascetic in Himavā, at the head of fifty four thousand pupils. Having seen
the miracles preceding the birth of a Buddha (Tissa?), he was glad at heart
and told of it to others (Ap.ii.411f). He is probably identical with Vārana
- Nimmala. An officer in the service of Parakkamabāhu I. Cv.lxvi.124.
- Nimmita. Nineteen kappas ago there were sixteen kings of this name,
all previous births of Vatamsakiya (Abhaya) Thera. Ap.i.174; ThagA.i.201.
- Nimmitapura. A park in Pulatthipura laid out by Parakkamabāhu I.
- Nimokkha Sutta. A deva, questions the Buddha on deliverance and
detachment and the Buddha answers him. S.i.2.
- Ninka (Nika). A deva who visits the Buddha in
the company of several other devas and utters a verse in praise of Nigantha
- Ninkapanna padhānaghara. A building on Cittalapabbata, the
residence of CūIasumma (VibhA.489). It is probably identical with Nikapennaka
- Nipa˝˝a˝jalika. See Pa˝˝a˝jalika.
- Nipannapatimāguhā. A cave forming part of the
Uttarārāma built in Pulatthipura by
Parakkamabāhu I. Cv.lxxviii.75.
- Nipura. See Sinipura.
- Niraggala. A sacrifice in which alms are given with wide open,
boltless doors. ItvA.75.
- Nirāmisa Sutta. See Suddhika Sutta.
- Nirāsa Sutta. Three kinds of persons existing in the world: he who
longs not, he who longs, and he who has done with longing. A.i.107f.
- Nirayarūpa Satta. Four kinds of persons which exist in the world.
- Nirayuppatti Sutta.-A man whose mind is soiled (paduttha) is born
after death in hell. Itv.12f.
- Nirodha Vagga. The eighth chapter of the Bojjhanga Samyutta.
- Nirutti. A work on exegesis, ascribed to Mahā Kaccayāna and divided
into two parts: Cūlanirutti and Mahānirutti (Gv.59, 65; Svd.1233f). Atīkā on
it exists, the Niruttisārama˝jūsā, written by Saddhammaguru. Bode, p.29;
- Niruttipatha Sutta. On three modes of reckoning: matter that has
ceased is reckoned as "has been," not as "is" or "will be"; the same with the
other khandhas. S.iii.71f.
- Niruttisārama˝jūsā. A tīkā on the Nirutti ; also a tīkā on the
Nyāsa by Dāthānāga. Bode, op cit., p.55; Svd.1241.
- Nisabhā. One of the palaces occupied by Tissa Buddha in his last
lay life. Bu.xviii.17.
- Nisanti Sutta. Ananda tells Sāriputta how a monk who is apt at
attha, dhamma, vya˝jana, nirutti and pubbāparānusandhi, comes speedily to
grasp things and does not forget about that which he has grasped. A.iii.201.
- Nisinnapatimālena. A cave in Pulatthipura, forming part of the
Uttarārāra built by Parakkamabāhu I.
- Nissaggya. The fourth division of the Pārājikā of the
- Nissanka. See Kittinissanka.
- Nissaranīya Sutta. A monk, who is not obsessed by thoughts of lust,
ill will, hurt, form and his own body (sakkāya), possesses the five elements
of escape. A.iii.245f.
- Nissaya Vagga. The first chapter of the Ekādasaka Nipāta of the
Anguttara Nikāya. A.v.311 28.
- Nissayatthakathā. A Commentary on the Saccasahkhepa by Mahābodhi
Thera. P.L.C. 205.
- Nissenikkhetta. A district in the Malaya province of Ceylon.
- Nītha. A Pacceka Buddha, mentioned in a nominal list. M.iii.69;
- Nitthā Sutta. Five conditions which are consummated in this life
and five in the next. A.v.119f.
- Nitthulavitthika. A village in the district of Giri in Ceylon, the
birthplace of Gothaimbara (Mhv.xxiii.49). It is probably identical with the
village (Nitthulavetthi) given by Pottakuttha for the Mātambiya padhānaghara.
- Nivāpa Sutta. Preached at Jetavana ; a parable of Māra as trapper.
He sets up various gins and snares to trap the unwary, and many are caught in
them. It is, however, possible to find a retreat, where Māra and his train
cannot penetrate; and the Buddha proceeds to explain how this may be found.
- Nīvaranāni Sutta. The five nīvaranas: sensual desire, malevolence,
sloth and torpor, excitement and flurry, and doubt and wavering. S.v.60.
- Nīvaranapahāna Vagga. The second chapter of the Eka Nipāta of the
Anguttara Nikāya. A.i.3ff.
- Nivattacetiya. A cetiya near the Kadamba nadī, built on the spot
where Mahinda, at Devānampiyatissa's invitation, turned back on the way to
- Nivattagiri. The name of the city built on the spot where Kandula,
the elephant, turned back in order to capture Mahelanagara. MT.480.
- Niyama. A district in South India. Cv.lxxvii.15, 101.
- Niyarāya. A Damila chief, ally of Kulasekhara. Cv.lxxvii.79.
- Niyasa. See Yasa.
- Niyelatissārāma. A vihāra in Ceylon, built by king Kanitthatissa.
- Niyyanti uyyāna. A park, probably near Sīhagiri, where Kassapa I.
built a vihāra for the Dhammarucikas. Cv.xxxix.14.
- Nyāsa. A grammatical treatise by Vimalabuddhi. It is also called
Mukhamattadīpanī. Vimalabuddhi Thera also wrote a glossary on it. Gv.72; Bode,
op. cit., 21; see also Svd.1240.