Ginjakavasatha, Giñjakāvasatha, Ginjaka-avasatha: 3 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A brick hall at Nadika (Natika). The Buddha stayed there on various occasions during his visits to Nadika. It was during one of these visits that Ambapali presented her park to the Buddha and the Order (Vin.i.232).

In the Ginjakavasatha the Buddha preached the Culagosinga Sutta (M.i.205), the Janavasabha Sutta (D.ii.200) and several discourses on marana sati (E.g., A.iii.303f; 306f; 391f; iv.320f); also the sermons to the Elder Sandha of the Kaccanagotta (A.v.322f) and the Elder Kaccayana (S.ii.153f; see also S.ii.74; iv.90).

Both in the Janavasabha Sutta and the Ginjakavasatha Sutta (S.v.356f), which was preached at the same place, the Buddha is represented as having answered questions regarding the destiny and the rebirth of several residents of Nadika. Does this perhaps mean that the people of Nadika were more interested in this problem than the people of other places? It was by way of finding a permanent solution to these questions that the Buddha preached to Ananda at Ginjakavasatha the Dhamma dasa (Mirror of Truth) on his last visit to Nadika, as described in the Maha Parinibbana Sutta (D.ii.91ff; see also S.v.357).

The Commentaries (E.g., MA.i.424) state that once the Buddha arrived at Nadika while travelling in the Vajji country, and the people there built for him a residence entirely made of bricks (ginjaka), hence its name. Later, residences were also built for the monks, complete with all requirements. The bricks were evidently a special architectural feature, and this con firms the belief that buildings were generally of wood. The Brick Hall was, however, not designed for the Buddha and his monks alone, for we find mention of members of other sects staying there - e.g., the Paribbajaka Sabhiya Kaccana (S.iv.401). The building was probably a resting place for all travellers.

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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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India history and geography

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Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Giñjakāvasatha (गिञ्जकावसथ) is the name of a sanctuary (āvasatha) situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Giñjakāvasatha was at Nadikā near Pāṭaliputta.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

giñjakāvasatha : (m.) a house made of bricks.

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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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