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Channa


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The charioteer of the Buddha who accompanied him on the night of the ‘great renunciation’ when the Buddha renounced the household life to become a homeless mendicant. The Buddha rode out on his horse Kanthaka.and when they reached the river Anomā he cut off his hair with his sword and gave all his ornaments to Channa to take back to his father's palace along with his horse. Channa later joined the Saṃgha but was ostracized when he broke the monastic rules and refused to acknowledge his guilt. Shortly before his death.the Buddha charged Ānanda with ensuring that the appropriate ecclesiastical penalty was inflicted on Channa.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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