Hatthipala, Hatthipāla: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Hatthipala 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. A teacher of old, with a following of many hundred disciples to whom he taught the way to union with Brahma. (A.iii.371, 373; iv.135). He is perhaps identical with Hatthipala (2).

2. The Bodhisatta, born as son of the chaplain of Esukari, king of Benares. See the Hatthipala Jataka.

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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Hatthipāla (हत्थिपाल) refers to one of the six teachers mentioned in the Sunetrasūtra (cf the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XIV).—Accordingly:—The Sunetrasūtra which is in Aṅguttara lists six teachers (satthā), ferrymen, completetly renounced (vītarāga), having several hundreds of disciples to whom they taught the doctrine of participating in the world of Brahmā (viz., Brahmaloka). To criticize or insult them would be a grave demerit. These six teachers are Sunetra, Mugapakkha, Aranemi, Kuddālaka, Hatthipāla Jotipāla.

Note: Buddhaghosa does not comment on this passage, but these six teachers are probably earlier births of the Buddha.

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context information

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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