Mahapatapa, Mahāpatāpa: 1 definition

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Mahapatapa 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)

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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.

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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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