Abhayamata, Abhayamātā: 1 definition

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Abhayamata means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Abhayamata in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Theri. She was a courtesan named Padumavati, the belle of Ujjeni. King Bimbisara, having heard of her beauty, expressed to his purohita a wish to see her. The purohita, by the power of his spells, enlisted the assistance of a Yakkha, Kumbhira, who took the king to Ujjeni.

She bore to the king a son, Abhayarajakumara, who later joined the Order and became an arahant. It was on his account that Padumavati came to be called Abhayamata. She heard Abhayarajakumara preach and leaving the world herself became an arahant (ThigA.31-2).

Two verses attributed to her are found in the Therigatha (33,34).

In the time of the Buddha Tissa, seeing him going round for alms, with glad heart she gave him a spoonful of food. As a result, she was thirty six times queen among the gods and was chief queen of fifty cakkavattis (ThigA.32).

She is evidently identical with Katacchubhikkhadayika of the Apadana (ii.516-7).

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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