Personalities of the Buddhist Suttas
Dictionary of Pali Proper Names: He was the son of Kokaali-se.t.thi of Kokaali and lived in the monastery erected by his father in Kokaali. Once the two Chief Disciples, desiring quiet, spent the rainy seson with him, he promising to tell nobody of their presence. After the rains, as the Elders were about to return, Kokaalika informed the inhabitants of their stay and blmed them for not showing them hospitality. The townspeople hurried to the Elders with various offerings; these were, however, refused, and Kokaalika, who had expected that the gifts would be given to him, was disappointed. The elders promised the townsmen to visit them again, and on their return were accompanied by a large following of monks to whom the townsmen showed all honour. The gifts were divided among the monks, Kokaalika not receiving a share. He thereupon became abusive, and the Chief Disciples left the place. The people were annoyed, and insisted that Kokaalika should either bring them back or depart himself. The Elders refused to return, and Kokaalika, in a great anger, sought the Buddha at Saavatthi, and in spite of his injunctions spoke ill of the Chief Disciples. Having three times accoused the Elders of sinful desires, he left Jetavana, but boils immediately came out on his body, swelling and bursting. Groaning with pain, he fell down at the gate of Jetavana. His spiritual teacher, the anaagami Brahmaa, Tudu, hearing his cries, came to him and begged him to seek forgiveness from the Elders. But he cursed the Brahmaa and refused to listen to him. Kokaalika died and was born in Paduma-niraya.
It was in reference to this incident that the Takkaariya Jaataka was preached.
The Brahmaa Sahampati informed the Buddha of Kokaalika's birth in the Padumaaaniraya.
The Kokaalika Sutta was preached in reference to this Kokaalika.
Dictionary of Pali Proper Names, by G. P. Malalasekera, D.Litt., Ph.D., M.A. (Lond.), O.B.E., Pali Text Society, 1974
A. v. 171;
SN A. ii. 473;
SA. i. 167;
DhA. iv. 91;
S. i. 151;
SN. p. 125;
AA. i. 335, 466
Kokaalika Jaataka #331