Mahapanada, aka: Mahāpanāda; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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1. Mahapanada. Son of Suruci and king of Mithila. He owned a palace one hundred storeys high, all of emerald; it was one thousand bow shots (twenty five leagues) high and sixteen broad and held six thousand musicians.

Mahapanada was a previous birth of Bhaddaji. See the Mahapanada Jataka and also Kosala. See also Sankha (3).

2. Mahapanada. A primeval king, descendant of Mahasammata. Mhv.ii.4; Dpv.iii.7.

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-Jataka (No. 264). The story of Mahapanada, given in the Suruci Jataka. Cp. Dvy. 56ff.

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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