Ambatakavana, Ambātakavana, Ambāṭakavana, Ambataka-vana: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

A grove at Macchikasanda, belonging to Cittagahapati. Being pleased with the Elder Mahanama of Macchikasanda, Citta invited him to a meal, and after listening to his discourse, gave the grove to the Order. At the dedication of the gift the earth trembled. Later he built a splendid monastery there, the Ambatakarama, for the use of monks from all parts (AA.i.209; DhA.ii.74). It became the residence of large numbers of monks, and discussions often took place there between Cittagahapati and the resident bhikkhus (S.iv.281-97).

Among eminent Elders who visited the place were

Isidatta of Avanti (who answered Cittas questions regarding the reason for the existence of various views in the world) (S.iv.283-8),

Mahaka (who, by his magic powers, produced rain and thunderstorms and later showed a special miracle to Citta) (S.iv.288-91),

Kamabhu (who discoursed to Citta on various topics) (S.iv.291-5), and

Godatta (S.iv.295-7).

The Elder Lakuntaka Bhaddiya also lived there, in solitude, wrapt in meditation (Thag.v.466).

Behind Ambataka was Migapathaka, which was Cittas tributary village (SA.iii.93) (v.l. Ambalavana).

context information

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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India history and geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Ambāṭakavana (अम्बाटकवन) or simply Ambāṭaka is the name of a forest situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—The Ambāṭakavana is mentioned in the Saṁyutta Nikāya. It is stated that many Bhikkhus dwelt at Macchikāvanasaṇḍa in the Ambāṭakavana. Citta, the householder, it is said, invited them to his house and had many philosophical discussions with them.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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