Mahākātyāyana (P. Mahākaccāna; T. ka tya'i bu chen po ཀ་ཏྱའི་བུ་ཆེན་པོ་; C. moheji-azhanyan), also known as Kātyāyana (P. Kaccāna, Kaccāyana), was one of the ten principal disciples of Gautama Buddha. He was foremost among the disciples in explaining the brief discourses of the Buddha.
In the Kaccānagotta Sutta , he asks the Buddha to explain right view, and the Buddha responds by explaining the middle way between the two extreme views of existence and non-existence.
He is presented in discourse with the Buddha in the following sutras:
- Kaccānagotta Sutta
- Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. Mahākātyāyana
- Nyanaponika Thera; Hecker, Hellmuth (2003), Great Disciples of the Buddha: Their Lives, Their Works, Their Legacy (PDF), Wisdom Publications