Purana Kassapa

Philosopher, Person


Who is Purana Kassapa?

Pūraṇa Kassapa was an Indian ascetic teacher who lived around the 5th or 4th century BCE, contemporaneous with Mahavira and the Buddha.

Purana taught a theory of "non-action" whereby the body acts independent of the soul, merit or demerit. In the Pali Canon, Purana is identified as an ahetuvadin, "denier of a cause".

As an example of Purana's beliefs, in the Samannaphala Sutta it is reported that Purana said:

The Anguttara Nikaya also reports that Purana claimed to be omniscient. The Dhammapada commentary claims that Purana committed suicide by drowning.

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on July 23, 2013


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