Atthadassi, Atthadassī: 2 definitions


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1. Atthadassi - The fourteenth of the twenty four Buddhas. He was born in Sobhana in the Sucindhanu pleasaunce, his parents being Sagara and Sudassana (Bu.xv.; BuA.178ff). He was so called because at his birth people recovered long buried treasures. His wife was Visakha and his son Sena (Sela according to the Buddhavamsa Commentary). He lived for 10,000 years as a householder in three palaces - Amaragiri, Suragiri and Girivahana. He left home on a horse called Sudassana. His penance lasted eight months, and his meal of milk rice was given by a naga woman, Sucindhara. A naga, Dhammaruci, gave him the grass which he spread at the foot of the campaka tree, where he reached Enlightenment. His first sermon was preached in the Anoma park near Anoma. His chief disciples were Santa, the kings son, and Upasanta, son of the chaplain of Sucandaka. His chief women disciples were Dhamma and Sudhamma. Abhaya was his attendant, and his patrons were Nakula and Nisabha among the laymen, and Makila and Sunanda among the lay women. The Bodhisatta was a jatila, Susima of Campaka, and he offered the Buddha a canopy of flowers brought from the deva world. Atthadassi died at the age of 100,000 years at Anomarama in Anupama and his relics were scattered in various places. He appeared in the Mandakappa, in the company of two others, Piyadassi and Dhammadassi. J.i.39.

2. Atthadassi. A Thera in Ceylon who, in company with two others, Buddhamitta and Buddhadeva, asked that the Jatakatthakatha be written (J.i.1; Gv.68). He was probably an incumbent of the Mahavihara in Anuradhapura. See Pali Lit. of Ceylon, 125.

3. Atthadassi - One of the mythological kings of Kapilavatthu. Dip.iii.41.

4. Atthadassi - A Thera in Ceylon, supposed by some to be the author of the Bhesajjamanjusa and to have been the head of the Panca mula parivena. Pali Lit. of Ceylon, 215.

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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»] — Atthadassi in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

atthadassī : (adj.) intent upon the good.

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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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