Ahimsaka Bharadvaja, Ahimsaka-bhāradvāja: 1 definition

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Ahimsaka Bharadvaja 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

One of the Bharadvaja brothers. He came to the Buddha at Savatthi and the Buddha suggested to him the desirability of living up to his name by practising ahimsa. It is said that later he became an arahant (S.i.164).

Buddhaghosa (SA.i.179) is uncertain as to the reason for the name which he says was given to him by the Recensionists. He suggests that he was so called, either because his actual name was such, or because of the nature of the discussion between him and the Buddha.

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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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