Buddhadatta; 2 Definition(s)


Buddhadatta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Kathā (narrative stories)

Buddhadatta (बुद्धदत्त) is the name of a minister of king Caṇḍamahāsena according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 11. He was previously known as Mahāsena, and his father was named Jayasena, who was the son of Mahendravarman.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Buddhadatta, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Kathā book cover
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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Buddhadatta, a contemporary of Buddhaghosa, was a native of Uragapura, near modern Tiruchirappalli, in southern India. Like Buddhaghosa, he went to Sri Lanka to study at the Mahavihara in Anuradhapura, and upon his return he wrote his works in a monastery on the banks of the Kaveri River. His Abhidhammavatara (Pali: “The Coming of the Abhidhamma”), though a summary of the older works on the Abhidhamma Pitaka, is one of the most important commentaries on the “basket.” While Buddhadatta's ideas were similar to those of Buddhaghosa, he did not follow Buddhaghosa blindly.

(Source): Encyclopedia Britannica: The major systems and their literature (Theravada)
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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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