Anguttarapa, Aṅguttarāpa: 2 definitions


Anguttarapa 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A country north of the river Mahi, evidently a part of Anga on the other side of that river (Anga eva so janapado; Gangaya (Mahamahigangaya) pana ya uttarena apo, tasam aviduratta Uttarapati vuccati) (SnA.ii.437).

It was here, in the village Apana, that the Buddha was staying when the Jatila Keniya came to see him; here also was preached the Sela Sutta (Sn.102f). From Bhaddiya (in Anga), (DhA.i.384) the Buddha went to Anguttarapa and thence to Apana (Vin.i.243-5; DhA.iii.363).

The country was probably rich because we find as many as 1,250 monks accompanying the Buddha on his tour (Sn.102f).

Other suttas preached here are the Potaliya (M.i.359), and the Latukikopama (M.i.447).

Apana seems to have been the chief township, because it is always mentioned in connection with Anguttarapa.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Aṅguttarāpa (अङ्गुत्तराप) is the name of an ancient country whose captial was named Āpaṇa, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 52.—The Jaṭila master Keṇiya was living at Āpaṇa, the capital of the Aṅguttarāpas in the land of Aṅga. He was a staunch Brāhmaṇist but, coming to learn that the Buddha along with 1250 Bhikṣus was traveling in the area, he went to see him and invited him to lunch on the following day. According to his custom, the Buddha accepted by remaining silent and Keṇiya went home to prepare the reception with his friends and family. Keṇiya had as a friend in Āpaṇa the learned brāhmaṇa Sela who was a specialist in the Vedas and auxiliary sciences, an expert in interpreting physical signs and learned in mantras which he taught to 300 disciples.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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