Culasiva, Cūḷasīva, Cula-siva, Cūlasīva: 1 definition


Culasiva 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

An Elder of Ceylon. He once went to Jambudipa, embarking at Mahatittha in a boat, in which he dwelt in seclusion. On the way across, while looking at the ocean, he developed apokasina (Vsm.170).

Another thera of the same name is mentioned in the Commentaries and is described as a Samyuttabhanaka. It is said that because he dwelt in metta poison had no effect on him (Vsm.313; AA.i.865). He probably lived in the time of the Brahmanatissabhaya (q.v.). His colleagues were Isidatta and Mahasona. During the time of the peril, he took leave of his colleagues and went to worship at the Mahavihara. He found it empty and started for the south, when the sprite of a neighbouring tree, assuming human form, looked after him and escorted him to a village near the Jajjaranadi, where he was supported by foresters (?pannakhadakamanussa) till the peril was past (VibhA.446). The Digha Commentary (DA.iii.883) mentions another Cula Siva and calls him Tilokanagaravasi (v.l. Lokuttaravasi). He was evidently a well known commentator.

context information

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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