Bhagga, aka: Bhaggā; 3 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Bhagga in Theravada glossaries]

The name of a tribe and a country, the capital of which was Sumsumaragiri (q.v.).

The Buddha went there several times in the course of his wanderings (e.g., A.ii.61, A.iv.85, etc.; Vin.ii.127; iv. 115, 198) and three rules for the monks were laid down there (Vin.v.145).

Bodhirajakumara (q.v. 1), son of Udena of Kosambi, lived there, apparently as his fathers viceroy, in which case the Bhagga were subject to Kosambi. The C.H.I. (i.175) says that the Bhagga were members of the Vajjian confederacy.

The Bhagga country lay between Vesali and Savatthi.

It was while sojourning in the Bhagga country that Moggallana was attacked by Mara entering into his stomach (M.i.332), and it was there that he preached the Anumana Sutta (M.i.95). Sirimanda and the parents of Nakula were inhabitants of the Bhagga country, and Sigalapita (ThagA.i.70) went there in order to meditate; there he became an arahant.

In the Apadana (Ap.ii.359) the Bhagga are mentioned with the Karusa.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Pali-English dictionary

[Bhagga in Pali glossaries]

bhagga : (pp. of bhañjati) broken; destroyed.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Bhagga, 2 (nt.) (fr. bhaga; cp. Sk. & P. bhāgya) fortune, good luck, welfare, happiness Vism. 210 (akāsi °ṃ ti garū ti Bhāgyavā etc.). (Page 496)

2) Bhagga, 1 (pp. of bhañj, Sk. bhagna) broken, in phrases “sabbā te phāsukā bhaggā" J. I, 493, which is applied metaphorically at Dh. 154 (phāsukā=pāpakā?), expld DhA. III, 128 (artificially) by “avasesa-kilesa-phāsukā bhaggā"; further “bhaggā pāpakā dhammā" Vism. 211; bhaggā kilesā Miln. 44; and bhagga-rāga, °dosa etc. (in def. of Bhagavā) at Nd1 142=Nd2 466 B, quoted at Vism. 211. (Page 496)

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