Known Nun Disciples of the Buddha

This page list all the known nun disciples of the Buddha as found in the Pāḷi discourses.

Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
(October, 2014)

 

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Pāḷi Suttapiṭaka

This is a list of the nun disciples of the Buddha as found in the Suttapiṭaka and its commentaries. The attempt is made to be comprehensive, but given such a large number it is possible one or two have been overlooked, and I will update when I get additions/corrections, etc. This list for now covers the nuns named in the Pāḷi Suttapiṭaka, I would like to add in names from the Vinaya, and from other traditions, but will need help to get that work done. I will add them in as and when I can.

The references are to the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana edition of the Tipiṭaka as this is still the most easily accessible edition of the texts. The numbering here should be the same in other editions, but there may be small variations occasionally.

The order is based roughly on information levels: first come the thirteen chief disciples, about which we have a lot of information in various canonical sources and commentaries; next come the Apadāna stories in the order that they appear in that collection; then the Therīgāthā in the order they appear. There are then a couple of references to nuns named seperately in the Dhammapadaṭṭhakatha.

Some of the important works concerning the nuns here I have translated, and they have been linked to in the table below. The header row giving the location soon goes out of range, but all the cells in the table have title attributes so hovering will let you see where the text is located.

Key and References

AN (e.g. 1.14.5.1) = Aṅguttaranikāya and Commentary (e.g. Book of the Ones, Section 14, Chapter 5, First Sutta.)
Ap (e.g. 2.7) = Therī-Apadāna and Therī-Apadānadīpanī (e.g. Book Two, Section Seven.)
Thī (e.g. 6.6) = Therīgāthā and Commentary (e.g. Book of Six Verses, Sixth Section.)
Dhp-A (e.g. 391) = Dhammapada Commentary (e.g. to verse 391.)
Ja-A = Jātaka Commentary by Jātaka number (numbering differs in the last ten [538-547] from PTS).
    JNid p.15 = Jātakanidāna page 15.
    IDs = identified with a character in the story
    cf. here means compare the story as it is similar in many respects to a story about this nun.
Other = Materials not found in the preceding (e.g. MN 142) = Majjhimanikāya and Commentary (e.g. to Sutta 142.)
    D = Dīgha; M = Majjhima; S = Saṁyutta; A = Aṅguttara; Sn = Suttanipāta; Bv = Buddhavaṁsa

Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
October 2014

 

 

AN

Ap

Thī

Dhp-A

Jā-A

Other

Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī

1.14.5.1
8.51-3

2.7

6.6

IDs: 222, 281, 358,
(cf. 547)

Khemā

1.14.5.2
2.12.2
4.176
8.97

2.8

6.3

JNid p.15, also v. 78
IDs: 354, 397, 534, 539,
(cf. 547)

SN 44.1
Bv 25.19

Uppalavaṇṇā

1.14.5.3
2.12.2
4.176

2.9

11.1

JNid p.15, also v. 78
IDs: 15, 16, 29, 66, 88, 276, 354, 382, 392, 397, 408, 414, 442, 488, 501, 511, 513, 521, 527, 535, 538, 539, 540, 542, 543, 546,
(cf. 547)

SN 1.5.5
Bv 25.19

Paṭācārā

2.10

5.10

(cf. 4) (cf. 547) (cf. 301)

MA 36

Dhammadinnā

3.3

1.12
(cf. Thīg 6)

(cf. 547)

Nandā

3.5

 

 

SnA 1.11

Bahuputtikā Soṇā

3.6

5.8

 

 

Sakulā

3.4

5.7

 

 

 

Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā

3.1

5.9

(cf. 301)

 

Bhaddā Kāpilānī

3.7

4.1

 

IDs: 509, 540

 

Bhaddā Kaccānā
Rāhulamātā
Yasodharā

3.8

 

 

JNid 54, 58
IDs: 11, 95, 194, 201, 276, 281, 292, 328, 397, 408, 411, 416, 421, 424, 434, 443, 451, 458, 459, 461, 485, 506, 509, 513, 525, 531, 539, 542, 546, 547
(cf. 281)

DA.ii.422

Kisāgotamī

3.2

10.1

ID 438

Sigālamātu

4.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sumedhā

 

1.1

15.1

 

 

 

Mekhalādāyikā

 

1.2

 

 

 

 

Maṇḍapadāyikā

 

1.3

 

 

 

 

Saṅkamanatthā

 

1.4

 

 

 

 

Naḷamālikā

 

1.5

 

 

 

 

Ekapiṇḍapātadāyikā

 

1.6

 

 

 

 

Kaṭacchubhikkhādāyikā

 

1.7

 

 

 

 

Sattuppalamālikā

 

1.8

 

 

 

 

Pañcadīpikā

 

1.9

 

 

 

 

Udakadāyikā

 

1.10

 

 

 

 

Ekūposathikā

 

2.1

 

 

 

 

Saḷalapupphikā

 

2.2

 

 

 

 

Modakadāyikā

 

2.3

 

 

 

 

Ekāsanadāyikā

 

2.4

 

 

 

 

Pañcadīpadāyikā

 

2.5

 

 

 

 

Naḷamālikā

 

2.6

 

 

 

 

Yasodharā-pamukha-
dasa-bhikkhunī-sahassa

 

3.9

 

 

 

 

Yasodharā-pamukha-
aṭṭhārasa-bhikkhunī-sahassa

 

3.10

 

 

 

 

Yasavatī-pamukha-aṭṭhārasa-bhikkhunī-sahassa

 

4.1

 

 

 

 

Caturāsīti-bhikkhunī-sahassa

 

4.2

 

 

 

 

Uppaladāyikā

 

4.3

 

 

 

 

Sukkā

 

4.5

 

 

 

 

Abhirūpanandā

 

4.6

2.1

 

 

 

Aḍḍhakāsi

 

4.7

2.4

 

 

 

Puṇṇikā

 

4.8

 

 

 

 

Ambapāli

 

4.9

13.1

 

 

 

Pesalā

 

4.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aññatarā

 

 

1.1

 

 

 

Aññatarā

 

 

5.1

 

 

 

Aññatarātissā

 

 

1.5

 

 

 

Anopamā

 

 

6.5

 

 

 

Aparā-uttamā

 

 

3.3

 

 

 

Aparāsāmā

 

 

3.1

 

 

 

Abhayamātu

 

 

2.8

 

 

 

Abhayā

 

 

2.9

 

 

 

Āḷavikā

 

 

 

 

 

Isidāsī

 

 

15.1

 

 

 

Uttamā

 

 

3.2

 

 

 

Uttarā

 

 

1.15

 

 

 

Uttarā

 

 

7.1

 

 

 

Uttarā

 

 

 

 

 

Upacālā

 

 

7.3

 

 

Upasamā

 

 

1.10

 

 

 

Ubbirī

 

 

3.5

 

 

 

Guttā

 

 

6.7

 

 

 

Candā

 

 

5.12

 

 

 

Cāpā

 

 

13.3

 

 

 

Cālā

 

 

7.2

 

 

Cittā

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

Jentā

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

Tissā

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

Tiṃsamattā

 

 

5.11

 

 

 

Dantikā

 

 

3.4

 

 

 

Dhammā

 

 

1.17

 

 

 

Dhīrā

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

Nanduttarā

 

 

5.5

 

 

 

Pañcasatamattā

 

 

6.1

 

 

 

Puṇṇā

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

Puṇṇā

 

 

12.1

 

 

 

Bhadrā

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

Mittā

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

Mittā

 

 

2.7

 

 

 

Mittākāḷī

 

 

5.6

 

 

 

Muttā

 

 

1.2

 

 

 

Muttā

 

 

1.11

 

 

 

Mettikā

 

 

2.6

 

 

 

Rohinī

 

 

13.2

 

 

 

Vaḍḍhamātu

 

 

9.1

 

 

 

Vajirā

 

 

 

 

 

Vāseṭṭhī

 

 

6.2

 

 

 

Vijayā

 

 

6.8

 

 

Vimalā

 

 

5.2

 

 

 

Visākhā

 

 

1.13

 

 

 

Vīrā

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

Vuḍḍhapabbajitasumanā

 

 

1.16

 

 

 

Saṅghā

 

 

1.18

 

 

 

Sāmā

 

 

2.10

 

 

 

Sīsūpacālā

 

 

8.1

 

 

Sīhā

 

 

5.3

 

 

 

Sukkā

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

Sujātā

 

 

6.4

 

 

 

Sundarī

 

 

13.4

 

 

 

Sundarīnandā

 

 

5.4

 

 

 

Subhākammāradhītu

 

 

13.5

 

 

 

Subhājīvakambavanikā

 

 

14.1

 

 

 

Sumanā

 

 

1.14

 

 

 

Sumaṅgalamātā

 

 

2.3

 

 

 

Selā

 

 

3.7

 

 

Somā

 

 

3.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anojā

 

 

 

 

 

Cīrā