Bhagu; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. A famous sage (isi) of old (Vin.i.245; D.i.104, 238, 243; M.ii. 169, 200; A.iii.224; A.iv.61). He was one of the teachers who composed runes combined with the teachings of Kassapa Buddha. DA.i.273, etc.

2. He was born in a Sakiyan family, and having left the world with his clansmen Anuruddha and Kimbila, he dwelt in the village of Bakalona. One day, having left his cell in order to drive away his drowsiness, he fell as he was stepping on to the terrace, and, urged thereby to further effort, he accomplished self mastery and won arahantship. Later, when he was living in the bliss of fruition, the Buddha came to congratulate him on his solitude. Thag.vss.271-4; ThagA.i.380f.; cf. M.iii.155; Vin.i.350, ii.182; DhA.i.56, 133; J.i.140, iii.489; Mil.107.

It is said (SA.ii.222; this sermon is referred to as the Kilesya Sutta) that, on this occasion, the Buddha, after his meal, preached to Bhagu for a whole day and a whole night. The next day Bhagu accompanied the Buddha on his alms round, and turned back when the Buddha proceeded to Pacinavamsa migadaya to see Anuruddha and the others.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha, Bhagu, was a householder, and, after the Buddhas death, offered flowers to his relics. As a result he was born among the Nimmanarati gods (ThagA.i.380).

He is probably identical with Jatipupphiya of the Apadana (Ap.ii.405f).

A monk named Bhagu is mentioned (Vin.i.300) as staying with Jatipupphiya at the Kukkutarama in Pataliputta, but he is probably a different person.

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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