Digha Karayana, Dīgha-kārāyana: 1 definition


Digha Karayana 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)

[«previous next»] — Digha Karayana in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Digha Karayana - Nephew of Bandhula, commander in chief of Pasenadi. After Bandhulas death, Digha was appointed in his place and accompanied the king. Once, during their travels, they came to Nangaraka (Ulumpa says DhA.iii.356) and, hearing that the Buddha was at Medatalumpa, went to see him, but Digha stayed outside while the Buddha talked to Pasenadi (M.ii.118f; MA.ii.753f; J.iv.151). The Dhammapada Commentary (i.355ff) adds that Digha went about reviling the king for the murder of his uncle, and that when Pasenadi went in to the Buddha, leaving the royal insignia in Dighas charge, the latter saw his chance of revenge. He left Pasenadi, hastened to Vidudabha and crowned him king. He then returned to Savatthi, leaving for Pasenadi only a single horse and one female servant. It was this treachery which led to Pasenadis untimely death.

2. Digha Karayana - A minister of Bhatiya (Bhatikabhaya?). He was a very learned brahmin and was appointed by the king to settle a dispute between the residents of the Mahavihara and the Abhayagiri, regarding the charge brought against Dabba Mallaputta by the nun Mettiya. He decided in favour of the Mahavihara residents (Sp.iii.583).

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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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