Dakkhina-vihara, Dakkhiṇa-vihāra: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A monastery built by Uttiya, a general of Vattagamani Abhaya, to the south of Anuradhapura (Mhv.xxxiii.88; Dpv.xix.19). It was originally inhabited by monks from the Abhayagiri vihara, but later there was a schism by the Dakkhinaviharaka, as the monks of the Dakkhina vihara were called (Mhv.xxxiii.98).

Ananda gamani Abhaya built for the monastery the Mahagamenditank (Mhv.xxxv.5), while Kanitthatissaka added a mantling to the thupa and built a refectory on some land on the boundary of the Mahameghavana; he also constructed a road to the vihara, and moved on to one side the wall of the Mahavihara in order to do this (Mhv.xxxvi.12f). Voharaka Tissa erected a wall round the monastery (Mhv.vs.35) and Gothabhaya restored the uposatha hall (Mhv.vs.107). The thera Tissa, for whom Mahasena built the Jetavana vihara, was an incumbent of Dakkhina vihara, in this context called Dakkhinarama (Mhv.xxxvii.32). Aggabodhi I. erected a splendid pasada in the vihara (Cv.xlii.14).

The vihara is generally identified with what is now known as Elaras tomb (But see Cv.Trs.i.66, n.3).

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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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India history and geogprahy

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Source: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

1) Dakkhiṇa-vihāra is the name of a building founded during the reign of Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya (B.C. 89-77) and was situated in the southern area of Anurādhapura.—Dakkhiṇa-vihāra was founded by a Minister of Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya. The Mahāvaṃsa says, “One ofthe 7 warriors of the king, Uttiya, built, to the south of the City, the so-called Dakkhiṇa-vihāra. In the same place the Minister named Mūla built the Mūlavokāsa-vihāra, which was, therefore, called after him”.

In a series of 2nd or 3rd century inscriptions in situ the thūpa is named Tisa-maha-ceta in Dakiṇi-vihāra: in another inscription of the same period the vihāra is styled Dakiṇi-Abaya-araba-vihera. Dr. Paranavitana is of opinion that the thūpa was built over the cremation site of king Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya who died in B.C. 137.

2) Dakkhiṇavihāra or Dakkhiṇa is the name of an ancient building situated within the city of Anurādhapura.—The Jetavana-vihāra, also called Denānaka or Denā-vihāra in Sinhalese inscriptions and literature, was founded by Mahāsena (275-301) in the Jotivana Park on territory within the precincts of the Mahāvihāra. The king built it for the Mahāthera of Dakkhiṇa-vihāra. The Jetavanārāma monks were of the Sāgaliya sect which first established itself at Dakkhiṇa-vihāra in the year 253.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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