Anomadassi, Anomadassī: 2 definitions


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1. Anomadassi - The seventh Buddha. He was born in the park Sunanda in Candavati, his parents being Yasava and Yasodhara. He lived in three palaces: Siri, Upasiri and Vaddha (Sirivaddha, according to BuA.). His wife was Sirima and his son Upavana. He renounced household life at the age of 10,000 years, leaving home in a palanquin, and practised austerities for ten months. A maiden, Anupama, gave him a meal of milk rice before his Enlightenment, and the ajivaka, Anoma, provided him with grass for his seat, his Bodhi being an ajjuna tree.

His first sermon was preached in the park Sudassana in Subhavati. The Twin Miracle was performed at Osadhi at the foot of an asana tree. Nisabha and Asoka (v.l. Anoma) were chief among his monks, and Sundari and Sumana among his nuns. Among laymen, Nandivaddha and Sirivaddha were his foremost supporters, and among laywomen, Uppala and Paduma.

King Dhammaka was his royal patron; his constant attendant was Varuna. He lived to be 100,000 years old and died at Dhammarama. He held three assemblies at which were present 800,000, 700,000 and 600,000 respectively.

The Bodhisatta was a powerful yakkha chief and entertained the Buddha and his following (Bu.x.; BuA.141-6).

It was a sermon preached by Nisabha and Anoma, the chief disciples of this Buddha, that made Sarada tapasa (Sariputta in his last birth) wish to become an aggasavaka himself. Later, Sirivaddha (Moggallana), at Saradas suggestion, entertained the Buddha and wished for the post of second disciple under Gotama (DhA.i.88-94).

Bakkula Thera was an ascetic in Anomadassis day. The Buddha once suffered from an abdominal affliction and it was this ascetic who cured him(AA.i.169; Mil.216).

It is said that at Anomadassis birth seven kinds of jewels rained down from the sky and that this was the reason for his name. From the time of his conception the aura of his body spread round him to a distance of eighty hands. BuA.141.

2. Anomadassi - An ascetic who gave grass for his seat to Sikhi Buddha. BuA.201.

3. Anomadassi - A Sangharaja of Ceylon, at whose request the Hatthavanagalla Vihara Vamsa was written (DAlwis edition, p.7, n.6). He was the author of a Sinhalese work on astrology, the Daivajna kama dhenu, and he is generally identified with the Elder for whom, according to the Culavamsa (lxxxviii. vv.37-9; see also P.L.C., 219), Patirajadeva, minister to Parakkamabahu II., built in Hatthavanaggalla, following the kings orders, a temple of three storeys and a lofty pinnacle.

4. Anomadassi - An Elder of Ceylon, at whose request a pupil of Ananda Vanaratana wrote a commentary called Saratthasamuccaya on four Bhanavaras of the Tipitaka. P.L.C., 227. The work has now been published in the Simon Hewavitarana Bequest Series (Colombo), vol. xxvii.

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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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[«previous next»] — Anomadassi in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

anomadassī : (m.) one who has supreme knowledge.

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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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