Mahapatapa, Mahāpatāpa: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1. Mahapatapa, Mahapatapana. King of Benares, father of the Bodhisatta in the Culla Dhammapala Jataka (q.v.). He is identified with Devadatta.1 He was swallowed up by the earth. J.iii.182. DhA.i.129.

2. Mahapatapa. A king of thirty five kappas ago, a former birth of Vira (or Niggundipupphiya) Thera. ThagA.i.50; Ap.i.205.

3. Mahapatapa. A king of twenty seven kappas ago; a former birth of Vatamsakiya Thera. Ap.i.216.

4. Mahapatapa. A primeval king, descendant of Mahasammata. Dpv.iii.7; Mhv.ii.5; ep. Mtu.i.348.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mahapatapa in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Mahāpatāpa (महापताप) (son of Patāpa and father of Panāda) is the name of an ancient king from the Solar dynasty (sūryavaṃśa) and a descendant of Mahāsaṃmata, according to the Mahābuddhavaṃsa or Maha Buddhavamsa (the great chronicle of Buddhas) Anudīpanī chapter 1, compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw. These twenty-eight kings were of long lives of asaṅkhyeyya (asaṃkhyeya) years. The twenty-seven kings [viz., Mahāpatāpa] after Mahāsammata were his descendants. Some of these twenty-eight kings reigned in Kusavatī City, others in Rājagaha and still others in Mithilā.

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