Mahaparinibbana Sutta, Mahāparinibbāna-sutta: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

The sixteenth sutta of the Digha Nikaya. It contains a more or less detailed account of the last year of the Buddhas life. It also contains, besides other matter,

a prophecy of the greatness of Pataliputta and the contemplated attack on the Vajjians by Ajatasattu, details of the seven conditions of welfare of the Order, the lineage of faith (ariyavamsa), eight causes of earthquake, the last meal of the Buddha, the four places of pilgrimage, the four great authorities (mahapadesa), the obsequies of a king, the erection of cetiyas, the previous history of Kusinara, the Buddhas death and cremation, the distribution of the Relics by Dona, and the erection of the Thupas over the Relics. D.ii.72ff.

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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