Mahapitaka: 1 definition
Mahapitaka 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Of Ceylon. He was an eminent Thera and was teacher of Catunikayika Tissa Thera.
At the time of the great disturbance in the country (mahabhaya, probably the Brahmanatissamahabhaya) there was only one monk who knew the Mahaniddesa, and Mahapitaka asked his colleague, Maharakkhita, to learn it from him. But the latter refused on the plea of the wickedness of the monk possessing this knowledge; but in the end he acquiesced, on condition that Mahapitaka himself would be present at the lessons. On the day of the last lesson he discovered a woman hidden under the teachers bed. Sp.iii.695.
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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