Kujjatissa: 1 definition


Kujjatissa 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

An arahant. He lived in Mangana in Ceylon, and was mentioned by the Sangha to King Saddhatissa as being worthy of his special worship. The king travelled five leagues to see him, but the thera, lest the king should invite him to the palace, lay down on a bed at the time of the kings arrival and started scratching letters on the floor. The king decided that the thera was not an arahant and went away. When he was blamed for having displeased so pious a king, the thera undertook to make amends. He requested that, after his death, he should be placed in a covered palanquin containing also a second bed. This was done and the palanquin travelled by air to Anuradhapura, performing many miracles, applauded by the people. In Anuradhapura it circled round the Thuparama and the Silacetiya and, when it reached the Lohapasada, the thera Mahavyaggha entered the palanquin, lay down on the spare bed and entered Nibbana. The king made offerings of flowers and perfumes to the palanquin and it descended to earth, for such had been Kujjatissas desire. The bodies were burnt and thupas were erected over the relics. AA.i.384f.

He is probably identical with Khuddaka Tissa (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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