Maddi, Maddī: 2 definitions



Maddi 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Wife of Vessantara whose first cousin she was, being the daughter of the Madda king. When Vessantara went into exile, she, with her two children, Jali and Kanhajina, accompanied him. At Vankagiri she and the children occupied one of the hermitages provided for them by Vissakamma, at Sakkas orders. While she was getting fruit and leaves, Jujaka obtained from Vessantara the two children as slaves. Maddi the previous night had had a dream warning her of this, but Vessantara had consoled her. When she came back from her quest for food later than usual, the gods having contrived to detain her, she found the children missing, and searched for them throughout the night. It was at dawn the next day, on her recovery from a death like swoon, that Vessantara told her of the gift of the children, describing the miracles, which had attended the gift and showing how they presaged that he would reach Enlightenment. Maddi, understanding, rejoiced herself in the gift.

The next day Sakka appeared in the guise of a brahmin and asked Vessantara, to give him Maddi as his slave. Seeing him hesitate, Maddi urged him to let her go, saying that she belonged to him to do as he would with her. The gift was made and accepted by Sakka. He then, however, gave her back, with praises of Vessantara and Maddi. For these details see the Vessantara Jataka; we also Cyp.i.9; Mil.117, 281 f; J.i.77; DhA.i.406.

Maddi is identified with Rahulamata.

context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

maddi : (aor. of maddati) crushed; trampled on; subjugated.

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context information

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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