Maddakucchi: 2 definitions



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Alternative spellings of this word include Maddakuchchhi.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

A park near Rajagaha, at the foot of Gijjhakuta. It was a preserve (migadaya) where deer and game could dwell in safety. When Devadatta, wishing to kill the Buddha, hurled a rock down Gijjhakuta, it was stopped midway by another rock, but a splinter from it fell on the Buddhas foot, wounding it severely. As the Buddha suffered much from loss of blood, the monks took him on a litter to Maddakucchi, and from there to the Jivaka ambavana, where he was treated by Jivaka (Vin.ii.193f.; DhA.ii.164ff.; J.iv.430; Mil.179). It is said (S.i.27f) that seven hundred devas of the Satullapa group visited the Buddha there and told him of their great admiration for his qualities. Mara tried to stir up discontent in the Buddha, but had to retire discomfited (S.i.110; this visit of Mara is referred to at D.ii.116).

According to the Commentaries (e.g., S.A.i.61; cp. J.iii.121f), Maddakucchi was so called because it was there that Bimbisaras queen, mother of Ajatasattu, tried to bring about an abortion when she was told by soothsayers that the child in her womb was destined to bring about Bimbisaras death. She went into the park unknown to the king and violently massaged her womb, but without success. The king heard of this and forbade her to visit the park.

Once when Maha Kappina was at Maddakucchi, doubts arose in his mind as to the necessity of joining the assembly of monks for the holding of uposatha, he himself being pure. The Buddha read his thoughts, appeared before him, and urged upon him the necessity of so doing (Vin.i.105).

Maddakucchi was difficult of access monks; who came from afar late at night, wishing to put Dabba Mallaputtas powers to the test, would often ask him to provide lodging there for them. Vin.ii.76; iii.159.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Maddakucchi in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Maddakucchi (मद्दकुच्छि) is the name of a stoppig-place, or vihāra located at Rājagṛha, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter V. Rājagṛha is the name of a sacred city where the Buddha was dwelling at the beginning of the discourse in the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra.

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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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