Dhammika Sutta: 1 definition



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Dhammika Sutta - Dhammika Thera is driven out by the lay disciples of seven settlements in succession, because he insulted and reviled visiting monks. He, thereupon, seeks the Buddha at Gijjhakuta and reports the matter to him. The Buddha relates to him a story of the past connected with the observance of Rukkha dhamma, and exhorts him to observe the dhamma of a recluse. He also tells Dhammika of various teachers of the past whose disciples, by accepting their teaching, were born in happy states. A.iii.366ff; the teachers are Sunetta, Mugapakkha, Aranemi, Kuddalaka and Jotipala. These names occur in the Jatakas; see for details. Perhaps the stories were pre Buddhistic. Compare the list with that at A.iv.135, where the name of Araka is added.

2. Dhammika Sutta - Dhammika Upasaka, with five hundred others, visits the Buddha at Jetavana, singing his praises and asking what should be the life of a monk and what that of a householder. The Buddha proceeds to lay down the course of conduct to be followed by a monk and the virtues to be cultivated by a layman (SN.vv.376-404).

The Commentary adds (SNA.i.367f) that these upasakas were all anagamins who, on the day in question, had taken the uposatha vows. During the middle watch the question of the difference between the life of a monk and that of a layman occurred to them and they sought the 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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