Dhammika: 7 definitions


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Dhammika Thera - A brahmin of Kosala who was converted at the presentation of Jetavana and entered a village vihara. As he became irritated when monks visited the vihara they desisted, and he became sole master of the vihara. When this was reported to the Buddha by a layman, the Buddha sent for him and preached to him the Rukkhadhamma Jataka, showing that in the past, too, he had been guilty of similar conduct. Dhammika concentrated on the verses of the Jataka and, developing insight, became an arahant.

In the time of Sikhi Buddha he had been a hunter and had listened to the Buddha preaching to an assembly of the gods in a forest.

Thag.303-6; ThagA.i.396ff. According to A.iii.366ff. Dhammika had to leave seven lodgings, one after the other, because the lay supporters of the lodgings could not tolerate his insulting ways. He therefore sought the Buddha and complained to him. The Rukkhadhamma Jataka mentioned here is evidently not the story of the same name mentioned in the Jataka Commentary (i.327ff.). The story is given in full in the Anguttara Nikaya (loc. cit.). There the Buddha is said to have related to him stories of several past teachers, showing the evil effects of reviling others.

He may be identical with Ghosasannaka of the Apadana (Ap.ii.451).

2. Dhammika - A householder of Savatthi who led a very holy life. One day he felt the wish to become a monk and spoke of it to his wife, but she begged him to wait until after the birth of their child. He waited till the child was able to walk and, then spoke again to her, but she then wished him to wait until the child should be of age. To this he would not agree, but joined the Order and soon after became an arahant. Later, he visited his family and preached to his son, who became a monk and attained arahantship. His mother, left alone, joined the nuns, becoming an arahant herself. DhA.ii.157-9.

3. Dhammika - An eminent lay disciple of Savatthi, a very learned man and an anagami. He had five hundred followers, all anagami, who, like himself, could travel through the air (SNA.i.367). He was one of those who possessed sekhapatisambhida (Vsm.442; VibhA.388). See also Dhammika Sutta 2.

4. Dhammika - One of the chief lay supporters of Piyadassi Buddha. Bu.xiv.22.

5. Dhammika - King of Siam, contemporary of Kittisirirajasiha of Ceylon. He welcomed the delegation sent from Ceylon to Siam to bring back some monks, and gave it every help. On two occasions he sent groups of monks to Ceylon to re establish ordination in that country, and the king of Ceylon, to show his gratitude, sent him a replica of the Tooth Relic and various other gifts. Cv.c.66, 136, 151, 157.

6. Dhammika - See DhA.i.129ff. The dhammika upasaka mentioned there is probably merely a righteous lay disciple and not an upasaka named Dhammika.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

During the Buddha's time a pious devotee called Dhammika took refuge in the Three Jewels. He led a group of devotee and observed Síla. When his time came near, he listened to the sermons of Bhikkhus on his deathbed and saw six celestial chariots waiting overhead to take him to Deva loka. He also heard the Devas arguing as to who would take him on their chariot. He soon died and was conveyed in the Tushita chariot to the heavenly abode where he became a Deva.

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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dhammika in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dhammika : (adj.) righteous.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Dhammika, (adj.) (=Sk. dharmya, cp. dhammiya) lawful, according to the Dh. or the rule; proper, fit, right; permitted, legitimate, justified; righteous, honourable, of good character, just, esp. an attr. of a righteous King (rājā cakkavattī dhammiko dhammarājā) D.I, 86; II, 16; A.I, 109=III, 149; J.I, 262, 263; def. by Bdhgh as “dhammaṃ caratī ti dh.” (DA.I, 237) & “dhammena caratī ti dh., ñāyena samena pavattalī ti” (ib. 249). ‹-› Vin.IV, 284; D.I, 103; S.II, 280 (dhammikā kathā); III, 240 (āhāra); IV, 203 (dhammikā devā, adh° asurā); A.I, 75; III, 277; Sn.404; DhA.II, 86 (dohaḷa); IV, 185 (°lābha); PvA.25 (=suddha, manohara). Also as saha-dh° (esp. in conn. w. pañha, a justified, reasonable, proper question: D.I, 94; S.IV, 299 in detail) Vin.IV, 141; D.I, 161; III, 115; A.I, 174.— unjust, illegal etc. Vin.IV, 285; S.IV, 203; A.III, 243. (Page 339)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhammikā (धम्मिका):—f. Name of a woman, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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