Gavesi, Gavesī: 2 definitions



Gavesi 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A follower of Kassapa Buddha. Five hundred others were associated with him, and at first their spiritual life was poor. Gavesi, realising this, put forth effort and, step by step, attained greater proficiency until, at last, he became an arahant. His followers imitated him in every step of his spiritual advancement, and they, too, became arahants.

The Buddha related this story to Ananda during a tour in Kosala. They came to a sala grove and there the Buddha smiled; when asked the reason for his smile, he replied that the grove was the scene of Gavesis practice of the religious life. A.iii.214ff.

context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

gavesi : (aor. of gavesati) sought; searched for; strove after. || gavesī (m.), one who seeks.

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context information

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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