Wisdom Library Logo

Jetavana, 2 Definition(s)

Jetavana means something in Buddhism, Pali Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article:

2 Definition(s) from various sources:

1. Jetavana - A park in Savatthi, in which was built the Anathapindikarama. When the Buddha accepted Anathapindikas invitation to visit Savatthi the latter, seeking a suitable place for the Buddhas residence, discovered this park belonging to Jetakumara (MA.i.471 says it was in the south of Savatthi). When he asked to be allowed to buy it, Jetas reply was: Not even if you could cover the whole place with money. Anathapindika said that he would buy it at that price, and when Jeta answered that he had had no intention of making a bargain, the matter was taken before the Lords of Justice, who decided that if the price mentioned were paid, Anathapindika had the right of purchase. Anathapindika had gold brought down in carts and covered Jetavana with pieces laid side by side. (This incident is illustrated in a bas relief at the Bharhut Tope; see Cunningham - the Stupa of Bharhut, Pl.lvii., pp.84-6). The money brought in the first journey was found insufficient to cover one small spot near the gateway. So Anathapindika sent his servants back for more, but Jeta, inspired by Anathapindikas earnestness, asked to be allowed to give this spot. Anathapindika agreed and Jeta erected there a gateway, with a room over it. Anathapindika built in the grounds dwelling rooms, retiring rooms, store rooms and service halls, halls with fireplaces, closets, cloisters, halls for exercise, wells, bathrooms, ponds, open and roofed sheds, etc. (Vin.ii.158f).

It is said (MA.i.50; UdA.56f) that Anathapindika paid eighteen crores for the purchase of the site, all of which Jeta spent in the construction of the gateway gifted by him. (The gateway was evidently an imposing structure; see J.ii.216).

Jeta gave, besides, many valuable trees for timber. Anathapindika himself spent fifty four crores in connection with the purchase of the park and the buildings erected in it.

The ceremony of dedication was one of great splendour. Not only Anathapindika himself, but his whole family took part: his son with five hundred other youths, his wife with five hundred other noble women, and his daughters Maha Subhadda and Cula Subhadda with five hundred other maidens. Anathapindika was attended by five hundred bankers. The festivities in connection with the dedication lasted for nine months (J.i.92ff).

Some of the chief buildings attached to the Jetavana are mentioned in the books by special names, viz., Mahagandhakuti, Kaverimandalamala, Kosambakuti and Candanamala. SNA.ii.403. Other buildings are also mentioned - e.g., the Ambalakotthaka asanasala (J.ii.246). According to Tibetan sources the vihara was built according to a plan sent by the devas of Tusita and contained sixty large halls and sixty small. The Dulva also gives details of the decorative scheme of the vihara (Rockhill: op. cit.48 and n.2).

Added: 12.Apr.2009 | Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Rating: -
A park near the city of Sravasti, said to have been obtained from Prince Jeta by Anathapindika, in which monasterial buildings were erected; the favorite resort of Sakyamuni.
Rating: -

Look for other relevant definitions:

Search found 211 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

· Ananda Sutta
Ānanda, (Vedic ānanda, fr. ā + nand, cp. BSk. ānandī joy Divy 37) joy, pleasure,...
2 desc.
· Sundarī
Sundarī (सुन्दरी) is the name of an Apsara created for the sake of a type of ...
6 desc.
· Salalagara
Salalagara, Salalaghara. A building in Jetavana. Once when Sakka went to visit...
1 desc.
· Suhanu Jataka
The Bodhisatta was minister to the king of Benares. The king had a wild horse ...
1 desc.
· Yasoja
He was born outside the gates of Savatthi in a fishing village, where his fath...
1 desc.
· Savatthi
sāvatthī : (f.) name of the metropolis of the Kingdom of Kosala.
3 desc.
· Maccharikosiya
1. Maccharikosiya. A setthi, worth eighty crores, of Sakkhara near Rajagaha. H...
1 desc.
· Akankheyya Sutta
1. Akankheyya Sutta - The sixth sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya, preached at Jeta...
1 desc.
· Nandaka
Nandaka, (adj.) (Sk. nandikā) giving pleasure, pleasing, full of joy; f. nandik...
3 desc.
· Jeta
1. Jeta - A prince. Owner of Jetavana, which he sold to Anathapindika for eigh...
1 desc.
· Pasura
Pasura, (adj.) (reading doubtful) many, abundant J. VI, 134 (=rāsi, heap C.). We...
2 desc.
· Kotisanthara
In the Jatakas mention is made (E.g., J.iii.18; 375, 397; J.iv.113) of the Bud...
1 desc.
· Rajakarama
A monastery in Savatthi, near Jetavana, built by Pasenadi (J.ii.15). It was to...
1 desc.
· Ramaneyyaka
Rāmaṇeyyaka, (adj. nt.) (orig. grd. of rāmeti, ram, cp. Sk. rāmaṇīya. On e for ī...
3 desc.
· Piyankara
A little boy Yakkha. While his mother, with him on her hip, was seeking for fo...
1 desc.

Search through other sources:

Search found 487 books containing Jetavana. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the 20 most relevant articles:

- Was this explanation helpufll? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.