Anoja, Anojā: 3 definitions


Anoja 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. Anoja - Wife of Mahakappina, while he was king, before he entered the Order. She had been his wife in former births as well and had helped him in his good works. In this age she was of equal birth with Mahakappina and became his chief consort. She was so called because her complexion was the colour of anoja flowers.

When Kappina made his renunciation, she and her companions followed him in chariots, crossing rivers by an act of truth (saccakiriya), saying the Buddha could not have arisen only for the benefit of men, but for that of women as well.

When she saw the Buddha and heard him preach, she and her companions became Stream enterers. She was ordained by Uppalavanna (AA.i. pp.176ff. ; SA.ii., pp.178ff). In the Visuddhimagga it is said that Mahakappina was present when she heard the Buddha preach, but the Buddha contrived to make him invisible. When she asked whether the king was there, the Buddhas reply was Would you rather seek the king or the self? The self was the answer (p.393. The conversation on the self seems to have been borrowed from Vin.i.23.

2. Anoja - See Anujja.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

anojā : (f.) a plant with orange-coloured flowers.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Anojā, (f.) (*Sk. anujā) a kind of shrub or tree with red flowers J.VI, 536 (korandaka +); usually in cpd. anojapuppha the a. flower, used for wreaths etc. J.I, 9 (°dāma, a garland of a flowers); VI, 227 (id.); DhA.II, 116 (°caṅgoṭaka). (Page 46)

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context information

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.

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