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Ananda (Skt. Ānanda; Tib. ཀུན་དགའ་བོ་, Küngawo, Wyl. kun dga' bo) — the Buddha's cousin who later became his attendant. He was then son of Amritodana (Skt. Amṛtodana), the brother of Buddha's father, king Shuddhodana. He remembered all the sutra teachings of the Buddha and recited them at the first council (See Three Buddhist Councils). He was the second of the seven patriarchs.

Further Reading

  • The Hundred Deeds, Part 6, 'A Story about Ānanda'
  • Ways of Enlightenment; Buddhist Studies at Nyingma Institute, pages 38-40. Dharma Publishing ISBN: 0-89800-255-9
  • Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, The Patriarchs of the Teachings, pp.432-439. Published by Wisdom Publications ISBN: 0-86171-199-9