Mahapapata, aka: Mahāpapāta; 1 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A mountain in the Himalaya where all Pacceka Buddhas die.

When the time comes for a Pacceka Buddha to die, he goes there, throws into the precipice below the bones of the Pacceka Buddha who died last, and then sits down on the special seat to die himself. SNA.i.129.

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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