Macchikasanda, Macchikāsanda: 1 definition


Macchikasanda 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)

[«previous next»] — Macchikasanda in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A township in Kasi, the residence, among others, of Citta Gahapati (S.iv.281).

It contained the Ambatakavana, which Citta presented as a monastery for the monks, at the head of whom was Mahanama.

Sudhamma Thera also lived there, and the place was visited by Sariputta and Moggalana and also by Acela Kassapa (S.iv.300).

For details see DhA.ii.74f.; according to Vin.ii.15f., they were accompanied by Mahakaccana, Mahakotthita, Mahakappina, Mahacunda, Anuruddha, Revata, Upali, Ananda and Rahula; these all went there while travelling in the Kasi kingdom.

The books contain, besides these, the names of several monks who lived at Macchikasanda - e.g., Isidatta, Mahaka, Kamabhu and Godatta. The place may also have been a centre of the Niganthas, for Nigantha Nataputta is mentioned as having gone there with a large following (S.iv.298).

It was thirty leagues from Savatthi (DhA.ii.79), and near by was the village of Migapathaka.

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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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