Asandhimitta, Asandhimittā: 1 definition

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Asandhimitta 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

Chief queen of Dhammasoka. He gave for her use one of the eight loads of water brought for him from Anotatta (Mhv.v.85; two says Sp.i.42). She was a faithful follower of the Buddhas teaching and died in the thirtieth year of Asokas reign (Mhv.xx.2). When preparations were being made to take the branch of the Bodhi tree to Ceylon, she offered to the tree all kinds of ornaments and various sweet scented flowers (Mbv.152).

Having learnt from the monks that the voice of the karavika bird was like that of the Buddha, she had a karavika given her by the king, and listened to his song. Thrilled with joy at the thought of the sweetness of the Buddhas voice, she attained to the First Fruit of the Path (DA.ii.453; MA.ii.771).

She was called Asandhimitta because the joints in her limbs were visible only when she bent or stretched them (MT.136).

In a previous birth, when Asoka was born as a honey merchant and gave honey to the Pacceka Buddha, she was the maid who pointed out the honey store to the Pacceka Buddha. She had then wished that she might become the queen consort of the King of Jambudipa and be possessed of a lovely form with invisible joints. Mhv.v.59-60.

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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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