Mahanama Sutta, aka: Mahānāma-sutta; 1 Definition(s)


Mahanama Sutta 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)

Mahanama Sutta in Theravada glossary... « previous · [M] · next »

1. Mahanama the Sakyan visits the Buddha at Nigrodharama and confesses his worry as to where he would be reborn if he were to meet with an accident while passing through the crowded streets of Kapilavatthu! The Buddha assures him that he need not distress himself as he has for long practised faith and virtue, learning, renunciation and insight. His mind will soar aloft like a jar of butter or of oil, broken in a deep pool of water, where the fragments of the jar will sink but the butter and the oil float. S.v.370.

2. The circumstances are similar to those of the above sutta. The noble disciple, possessed of unwavering loyalty to the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, and who cultivates virtues dear to the Ariyans, such a one is destined to Nibbana. Mahanama is such a one. S.v.371; 404.

3. See Godha Sutta.

4. Mahanama asks the Buddha, at Nigrodharama, as to how a man becomes a disciple, how virtuous and a believer, how far is he given to generosity and blessed with insight? The Buddha answers his questions. S.v.395f.

5. The Buddha tells Mahanama, in answer to his question, that the noble disciple who has won the fruit (agataphala) and grasped the teaching (vinnatasasana), lives a life of abundance, his mind occupied with thoughts of the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, the virtues he practises, his liberality and the devas. Thus among uneven folk he lives evenly and untroubled. A.iii.284ff.

6. On six qualities which are developed in a monk who is faithful, energetic, mindful, concentrated and wise. His thoughts dwell on the Tathagata, the Dhamma and the Sangha, on his own generosity and on the devas. Thus his mind is free from thoughts of ill will, lust, folly; it is direct, And he realises the attha and dhamma and the joy associated with dhamma; his body is serene and his mind filled with joy. A.v.328ff.; cp. No. 5 above.

7. Very similar to sutta No. 6. A.v.332ff.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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