Gayasisa, Gayāsīsa: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A hill near Gaya. Here the Buddha came from Uruvela after converting the Tebhatika Jatila, and here he lived with one thousand monks. On this occasion of his coming he preached the Adittapariyaya Sutta (Vin.i.34f; S.iv.19f; J.i.82; AA.i.57, etc.; PvA.21; Ud.i.9; DhA.i.72).

When Devadatta managed to win over five hundred of the monks to his side, it was to Gayasisa that he retired with them, and there it was that the Buddhas Chief Disciples had to go to reclaim them (Vin.ii.199; DhA.i.121; J.i.142, 425, 490f; iv.180). It is said (J.i.185, 508; ii.38f) that Ajatasattu built a special monastery for Devadatta at Gayasisa.

The Commentaries (SA.iii.4; UdA.74) say that the hill was so called because it was composed of a flat stone and was shaped like an elephants head (gaja sisa sadisa pitthipasano). There was room on the rock for one thousand monks.

The hill stands about one mile to the south west of Gaya and is now called Brahmayoni. To the south east of the hill Hiouen Thsang saw the three thupas of the Tebhatika Jatila (CAGI.524f).

See also Gaya Sutta.

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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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