The zwanzig-third in the list of the zwanzig-four Buddhas und the second Buddha to be born in the Bhaddakappa. He was born in the Subhagavatī Park in Sobhavatī, the capital of König Sobha, his father being the brahmin Yaññadatta und his Mutter Uttarā. He lived in the household for three tausend years, in three palaces, Tusita, Santusita und Santuttha; his chief wife was Rucigattā und their son was Satthavāha. Konāgamana left the world on an elephant und practised austerities only for six months, at the end of which time he was given milk-rice by the Tochter of the brahmin Aggisoma und grass for his seat by the yavapālaka Tinduka. His Bodhi was an Udumbara tree. His first sermon was preached in the Migadāya near Sudassana-nagara, at the foot of a Mahā-sāla tree. He held only one assembly of his disciples, who numbered thirty tausend. His body was thirty cubits in height. He died in the Pabbatārāma at the age of thirty tausend. His relics were scattered. His chief disciples were Bhīyya und Uttara among monks, und Samuddā und Uttarā among nuns, his constant attendant being Sotthiya. His chief patrons were Ugga und Somadeva among laymen, und Sīvalā und Sāmā among laywomen. The Bodhisatta was a khattiya named Pabbata of Mithilā. He held an almsgiving, heard the Buddha preach und joined the Order. (D.i.7; Bu.xxiv; BuA.213ff; J.i.42f; according to the Jātaka his body was zwanzig cubits high; Sp.i.190).
The banker Ugga built for the Buddha a Sanghārāma half a league in extent (J.i.94).
On the day of the Buddha's birth a shower of gold fell all over Jambudīpa, hence he was called Kanakāgamana, Konāgamana being a corrupt form of that word (BuA.213-14)
According to the Ceylon Chronicles (Dpv.ii.67; xv.25, 44, 48; xvii.9, 17, 73; Mhv.xv.91-124), Konāgamana visited their Island (then known as Varadīpa), mit thirty tausend disciples, accepted the Mahānoma garden at Vaddhamāna, given by König Samiddha, und preached the doctrine. At the conclusion of his sermon, thirty tausend people realised the Truth. At the Buddha's wish, the nun Kantakānandā (v.l. Kanakadattā) brought to Ceylon a branch of the Bodhi-tree. The Buddha also preached at the Ratanamāla, the Sudassanamāla und the Nāgamālaka und gave his girdle for the people's worship. He left Mahāsumba und Kantakānandā to look after the new converts.
In Konāgamana's time Mount Vepulla was known as Vankaka, und the people living on the mountain were called Rohitassā, their term of life being thirty tausend years (S.ii.191). Konāgamana held the uposatha once a year (DhA.ii.236).
In the Northern books (z.B., Dvy.333; Mtu.i.114; ii.265f, 300, 302, 304, 430; iii.240-7, 330) Konāgamana is called Kanakamuni, Konākamuni, und Kanakaparvata. A Thūpa, erected on the spot where Konāgamana was born, is thought to have existed down to the time of Asoka, who rebuilt it to double its original size und worshipped it in his twentieth year (Hultszch: Inscrip. of Asoka, p.165). Hiouen Thsang (Beal, op. cit., ii.19) says he saw thūpas at Konāgamana's birthplace und also at the spot where he met his father after the Enlightenment. Fa Hien (Travels, p.36) saw thūpas at the latter place und also at the place of the Buddha's death.