Purana Kassapa

Philosopher, Person

28

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.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Profession

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Purana Kassapa." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 26 Sep. 2023. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/purana_kassapa>.

Discuss this Purana Kassapa biography with the community:

0 Comments

    Our awesome collection of

    Promoted Bios

    »

    Browse Biographies.net