Annabhara, Annabhāra: 2 definitions


Annabhara 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Annabhara - A well known paribbajaka who lived in the Paribbajakarama on the banks of the River Sappini near Rajagaha. He is mentioned as staying with the well known paribbajakas, Varadhara and Sakuludayi. The Buddha visits them and talks about the four factors of Dhamma (dhammapadani) which are held in esteem by everyone: not coveting, not malice, right mindfulness, right concentration (A.ii.29-31).

On another occasion they discuss the brahmin truth. The Buddha visits them and tells them what he considers to be the brahmin truths (brahmanasaccani): that no creatures are to be harmed; all sense delights are impermanent, painful and changing; all becomings are impermanent, etc.; a brahmin is one who has no part in or attachment to anything any more (A.ii.176-7).

2. Annabhara - A former birth of Anuruddha Thera. His story is given in the account, of the Elder.

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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Annabhara in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Annabhāra (अन्नभार).—According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV):—“In a previous lifetime, Aniruddha had been a poor man named Annabhāra (in the Pāli sources); one day when he was cutting grass for his master Sumana (Pāli sources) or gathering dead wood to earn his living (Chinese sources), he saw a Pratyekabuddha who was returning with an empty bowl and gave him some coarse broth. As a retribution for this generosity, he was reborn seven times among the Trāyastriṃśa gods, was a cakravartin king seven times, and was finally reborn in his last lifetime in a wealthy Śakya family”.

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context information

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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