Wife of King Muṇḍa. At her death the king placed her body in a vessel of oil and mourned for her until his friend Piyaka took him to Nārada Thera at the Kukkuṭārāma, and there made him realize the folly of mourning. AN.iii.57ff.


A bhikkhunī whose Therīgāthā verses speak in praise of Kassapa, who she went forth with, and also of her own attainments. Thig.63–66 The Buddha declared her foremost of the bhikkhunīs in recollecting past lives. AN.i.25

Bhaddā Kāpilānī’s name is mentioned several times Vin.iv.227 Vin.iv.268 Vin.iv.269 in the Vinaya rules in connection with her pupils who were found guilty of transgressing them. She and Thullanandā were both famous as preachers, and the latter, being jealous of Bhaddā, went out of her way to insult her. Vin.iv.290 Once Bhaddā sent word to Sāketa asking Thullanandā if she could find her a lodging in Sāvatthī. Nandā agreed to do this, but made things very unpleasant for Bhaddā when she arrived. Vin.iv.292


A bhikkhunī. She was foremost among nuns of swift intuition. AN.i.25 In the Therīgāthā Thig.107–111 are included several verses spoken by her when she had been a nun for fifty years, wandering about in Aṅga, Māgadha, Kāsi and Kosala, living on the people’s alms.


Daughter of the Gandhabba Timbarū and beloved of Pañcasikha.