Alavaka, Alavika, Āḷavaka, Ālavaka, Ālavakā, Ālavikā: 2 definitions
Alavaka 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
1) A name given to the monks of Alavi.
Buddhaghosa (Sp.iii.561) says that all children born in Alavi were called Alavaka. The Alavaka bhikkhu are mentioned several times in the Vinaya (ii.172ff.; iii.85; iv.34-5) in connection with offences relating to navakamma (repairing and reconstruction of buildings), and rules are laid down by the Buddha restricting these monks in their activities. Once when one of the monks was cutting down a tree which was the abode of a devata, the sprite was sorely tempted to kill him, but restraining her wrath she sought the Buddha and complained to him. The Buddha praised her forbearance and preached the Uraga Sutta (SnA.i.4-5).
In the introductory story of the Manikantha Jataka (J.ii.282-3) it is stated that the importunities of these monks so annoyed the residents of Alavi that they fled at the approach of any yellow robed monk.
2) A nun. See Sela.
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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Pali-English dictionarySource: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Āḷavaka, (& Āḷārikika) (adj.-n.) (= āṭavika) dwelling in forests, a forest-dweller S.II, 235. As Np. at Vism.208. (Page 110)
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+3): Alavi, Alavaka Sutta, Alava Sutta, Aggalavacetiya, Hatthaka Sutta, Alavaka Puccha, Putta Sutta, Atavaka, Gadrabha, Dussavudha, Kumbhakanna, Manosilatala, Gahapati Vagga, Hastaka, Kelasa, Alavaka Hatthaka, Sela, Uraga Sutta, Vessavana, Jambudipa.
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The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Part 4 - Taming of Āḷavaka the Ogre < [Chapter 33 - The Buddha’s Fifteenth Vassa at Kapilavatthu]
Buddha Chronicle 11: Sumedha Buddhavamasa < [Chapter 9 - The chronicle of twenty-four Buddhas]
Biography (4): Hatthakālavaka of Uposatha Habit < [Chapter 45a - The Life Stories of Male Lay Disciples]
The Book of Protection (by Piyadassi Thera)
Discourse 19 - Discourse To Alavaka < [Discourses]
Discourse 24 - Discourse On Atanatiya < [Discourses]
Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti) (by K. C. Lalwani)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 2 - Episode of Hastaka of Āḷavi < [Chapter XLII - The Great Loving-kindness and the Great Compassion of the Buddhas]
Appendix 4 - The story of Hastaka Āṭavika < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Part 9 - Why is the Buddha called Puruṣadamyasārathi (puruṣa-damya-sārathi) < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
Dhammapada (Illustrated) (by Ven. Weagoda Sarada Maha Thero)
Apadana commentary (Atthakatha) (by U Lu Pe Win)