Janussoni, Jānussonī: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A mahasala brahmin, ranking with eminent brahmins such as Canki, Tarukkha, Pokkharasati and Todeyya (SN. p.115). He is mentioned as staying in Icchanangala (M.ii.196), where he evidently took part in the periodical gatherings of brahmin leaders - and also at Manasakata (D.i.235). He was a follower of the Buddha, of whom he was a great admirer. He appears to have been in the habit of talking to well known teachers of other schools and hearing their opinion of the Buddha, either for the purpose of comparing his own faith in him or of discovering their views. Two such conversations are recorded - one with Subha Todeyyaputta (M.ii.209), the other with Pilotika (M.i.175ff). His discussion with Pilotika he reported to the Buddha, who expanded it to form the Culahatthipadopama Sutta. The Buddha also preached to Janussoni the Bhayabherava Sutta (M.i.16ff). Janussonis permanent residence was Savatthi (DA.ii.399), and he often visited the Buddha at Jetavana, consulting him on many topics, such as: results of actions (A.i.56), sanditthaka nibbana (A.i.157), tevijja brahmins (A.i.166), fearlessness of death (A.ii.173), the ideals of various classes of persons (A.iii.362), true celibacy (A.iv.54), the Paccarohani ceremony (A.v.233ff., 249ff.), the efficacy of gifts (A.v.269ff.), and eternalism and annihilation (S.ii.76). He had a white chariot with silver fittings and white trappings drawn by four pure white mares. He would drive about in this, wearing white garments, turban cloths and sandals and fanned by a white fan. The reins, the goads and the canopy were also of white. His chariot was considered the finest in all Savatthi (S.v.4f; cp. M.i.175 and ii.208). Buddhaghosa says that Janussoni was not his personal name but the name of the rank he held as chaplain to the Kosala king. MA.i.90; according to AA. (i.308) it was the name of any noble family, members of which held this rank. Cp. Govindiye abhisinci (at D.ii.231).

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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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