A great brahmin, contemporary of the Buddha, reputed for his great learning and highly esteemed in brahmin gatherings—e.g., at Icchānaṅgala Snp.p.115 and at Manasākaṭa. DN.i.235
He is mentioned together with such eminent and wealthy brahmins as Tārukkha, Pokkharasādi, Jāṇussoṇi and Todeyya. MN.ii.202
Caṅkī lived in the brahmin village of Opasāda, on a royal fief granted him by Pasenadi. When the Buddha came to Opasāda, Caṅkī visited him, in spite of the protests of his friends and colleagues, and on this occasion was preached the Caṅkī Sutta. MN.ii.164f.