Jambukola: 1 definition



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A sea port in Nagadipa in the north of Ceylon. Here Maharittha and his companions embarked on their journey as envoys to Dhammasoka (Mhv.xi.23). Here also arrived the ship conveying Sanghamitta and the branch of the sacred Bodhi tree, welcomed by Devanampiyatissa, who awaited her arrival in the Samuddapannasala (Mhv.xix.25f). A sapling from the Bodhi tree was afterwards planted on the spot where it had stood after landing (Mhv.vs.59; Sp.i.100; Mbv.145-62, passim) and Devanampiyatissa built a vihara there called the Jambukolavihara (Mhv.xx.25). From Jambukola to Tamalitti by sea was a seven days voyage (Mhv.xi.23), and it appears to have taken five days to get to Anuradhapura from Jambukola (Mhv.vs.38). It was the seaport of Anuradhapura (E.g., VibhA.446).

Geiger thinks (Cv. Trs.i.293, n.1; see Cv.lxx.72; lxxii.136) that, besides the seaport, there was another locality in the interior of Ceylon bearing the same name, which he identifies with the modern Dambulla.

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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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