Dhammadinna, Dhammadinnā: 1 definition


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Dhammadinna Thera - Also called Mahadhammadinna. An arahant. He resided at Talanga-(Talangatissa pabbata) (q.v.). He was one of the monks who partook of the meal of sour gruel given by Dutthagamani when in dire distress for want of food. Dhammadinna distributed his share among ten thousand monks in Piyangudipa (Mhv.xxxii.52). He is also mentioned (MT.606) as having accepted a meal given by Saliya and his wife when they were blacksmiths in a previous birth. Dhammadinna had a nephew who became an arahant in the tonsure hall. Dhammadinna read to him the three Pitakas, and he learnt them all on that occasion (VibhA.389). Dhammadinnas teacher was Mahanaga of Uccatalanka (v.l. Uccavalika). Dhammadinna visited him in his old age, knowing that, though he himself thought he had attained arahantship, this was not the case. By a display of iddhi power, Dhammadinna convinced Mahanaga of his error and gave him a subject of meditation. Almost immediately after, the Elder became an arahant (VibhA.489; Vsm.634f). Once, while preaching the Apannaka Sutta, at Tissamaharama, Dhammadinna pointed his fan downwards, whereupon the earth opened to the depth of Avici, revealing all that was there. Similarly, he showed all things to the height of the Brahma world. During his sermon he frightened the audience with the fear of hell and lured them with the bliss of heaven (Vsm.392).

The Majjhima Commentary records that soon after the ordination of Dhammadinna many monks, on his advice, became arahants. (MA.i.149ff. A variation of what is evidently the same story is found in AA.i.25). Hearing of this, the monks of Tissamaharama sent a number of their colleagues to fetch him. He preached to them, and they attained arahantship and remained with him. Three times this happened. On the fourth occasion an aged monk was sent. He gave the message of the monks and Dhammadinna started at once to go to them. On the way, at Hankana (v.l. Tangana) and at Cittalapabbata, he persuaded two monks, who thought they were arahants, to display their iddhi power, and, thereby convinced them of their error; thereupon he gave them topics of meditation. On his arrival at Tissamaharama, the monks failed to pay him their respects. He thereupon made the earth tremble and returned to his own vihara. The Saddhammasangaha (p.88f) relates the story of a blind rat snake who heard Dhammadinna recite the satipatthanas and was later born as Tissamacca, minister of Dutthagamani.

2. Dhammadinna - An eminent lay follower of the Buddha. He once came with five hundred upasakas to the Buddha at Isipatana and asked him to give them a lesson which might profit them, for, said he, it is difficult for a householder encumbered with a family and the luxuries of household life to comprehend the Buddhas teachings in their fullness.

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1. Dhammadinna - One of the two chief women disciples of Piyadassi Buddha.

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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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