Ghatikara, Ghāṭikāra, Ghaṭīkāra, Ghatīkāra, Ghati-kara: 8 definitions



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

One of the great Brahma. In the time of Kassapa Buddha he was a potter of Vehalinga, looking after his blind parents. He was a very pious and devoted follower of the Buddha, ministering to him better than anyone else, and the Buddha accepted his invitation in preference to that of the king of Benares. It is said that when the Buddha was in need of anything he would go to Ghatikaras house and take it, whether he were at home or not, so great was his confidence in Ghatikaras piety. Once, when Ghatikara was absent, the people, at the Buddhas suggestion, took away the thatch from his house to roof the hut of Tathagata. For three months Ghatikaras house remained open to the sky, but no rain fell on it, so great was his faith (Mil.223f). According to the Nalapana Jataka (J.i.172), no rain will ever fall on the site of Ghatikaras house as long as this kappa lasts.

The Bodhisatta, who at the time of Ghatikara was a young brahmin named Jotipala, was the friend of Ghatikara but had no faith in the Buddha, and Ghatikara, having failed to persuade him to visit the Buddha, in the end took him by force. Jotipala was converted and joined the Order, but Ghatikara, as the only support of his parents, could not renounce the world. Kiki, king of Benares, having heard of his virtues from Kassapa Buddha, sent him five hundred cartloads of the choicest rice, etc., but Ghatikara returned the gifts, saying that he had plenty for himself (M.ii.46ff; S.i.35f; Bu.xxv.41; SnA.i.152).

After death, Ghatikara was born as a Mahabrahma in the Aviha Brahma world, and an anagami. He was evidently already a Sakadagami before his death (see DhA.i.380), but he did not wish his attainments to be known (AA.i.44).

He provided the Buddha with the eight requisites of a monk when the Buddha, having left the world, decided to lead the life of a bhikkhu (J.i.65; SnA.ii.382; BuA.236; VvA.314). The begging bowl, then provided by him, vanished when the Buddha was given a bowl of milk rice by Sujata (J.i.69).

According to the Samyutta Nikaya (S.i.35f; 60), Ghatikara visited the Buddha some time after the Enlightenment and the Buddha reminded him of their former friendship. Ghatikara, on that occasion, speaks of several others (besides Jotipala) who had been his friends in Vehalinga - Upaka, Phalaganda, Pukkusati, Bhaddiya, Khandadeva, Bahuraggi and Pingiya. They had listened to the Buddhas teaching and, after death, were born in the Aviha world, where he himself was. In this context the Buddha addresses him as Bhaggava (q.v.).

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Ghatikara in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ghaṭīkāra (घटीकार) (also spelled Ghāṭikāra) or Jyotipāla is another name for Nandapāla, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLII.—Accordingly, “[...] at that time, the Bodhisattva Śākyamuni was the younger brother of the Buddha Kāśyapa and was called Uttara. The older brother, whose wisdom was ripened, hated chatter; the younger, whose wisdom was incomplete, loved to debate. The people at that time considered the younger brother to be superior. [...] There was at that time a master potter (kumbhakāra) named Nandapāla; he was a disciple of the Buddha Kāśyapa; he was devoted to the five-fold discipline (pañcaśīla) and held the threefold path. He was the kalyānamitra of the chaplain Uttara for his mind was honest, pure and full of faith”.

Notes: Elsewhere Uttara Māṇavaka is designated by the name Jyotipāla or Jyotiṣpāla, while Nandapāla, the potter, is also called Ghaṭīkāra. In any case, it is the same jātaka, well known to the canonical and post-canonical sources.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ghatikara in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ghaṭīkāra : (m.) a potter.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ghaṭīkāra refers to: a potter DhA.I, 380; Np. of a kumbhakāra S.I, 35, 60; M.II, 45 sq. (=°suttanta, mentioned as such at DhA.III, 251); J.I, 43. (Page 256)

Note: ghaṭīkāra is a Pali compound consisting of the words ghaṭī and kāra.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ghatikara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ghaṭīkāra (घटीकार).—a potter.

Derivable forms: ghaṭīkāraḥ (घटीकारः).

Ghaṭīkāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ghaṭī and kāra (कार).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ghaṭikāra (घटिकार).—Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya Ghaṭī° (= Pali Ghaṭīkāra), name of a potter who was a disciple of the Buddha Kāśyapa, Mahāvastu i.319.9 ff.; 326.10 ff., and later became one of the Śuddhāvāsa gods, in which capacity he with others of that class of gods fashioned magically the Four Sights for the Bodhisattva Śākyamuni to see, Mahāvastu ii.150.16; 152.10 ff.; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.217.12 (called Nandīpāla). He lived at Veruḍiṅga or Vebha°, Vaibhiḍiṅgī, the later Māra- karaṇḍa, qq.v. Several parts of his legend (not, apparently, his part in creating the Four Sights) recur in Pali, see Malalasekara (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ghaṭīkāra (घटीकार).—m.

(-raḥ) A potter. E. ghaṭa kāra who makes, with aṇ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ghaṭīkara (घटीकर):—[=ghaṭī-kara] [from ghaṭī > ghaṭ] m. = -kāra, [Divyāvadāna]

2) Ghaṭīkāra (घटीकार):—[=ghaṭī-kāra] [from ghaṭī > ghaṭ] m. = ṭa-k, [Vopadeva xxv, 45]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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