Gagga; 1 Definition(s)


Gagga 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)

1. Gagga - A monk. He became insane, and in this condition did many things unworthy of a monk. When his colleagues blamed him, the Buddha interceded on his behalf and suggested that he be given absolution for his offences, in view of his insanity. The monks acted according to the Buddhas advice. Vin.i.123; ii.80f.

2. Gagga - A brahmin, father of Angulimala (M.ii.102). Gagga, whose wife was Mantani, was chaplain to the king of Kosala (MA.ii.743). Gagga may have been a gotta name. Thus when, after his ordination, Angulimala is introduced to Pasenadi, the latter addresses him as Gagga Mantaniputta. M.ii.102.

3. Gagga - A brahmin, father of the Bodhisatta in the Gagga Jataka (q.v.).

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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