Mahasammata, aka: Mahāsammata, Mahāsaṃmata; 3 Definition(s)
Mahasammata means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)
A king who lived in the beginning of this present age.
The Pali Chronicles (Mhv.ii.1ff.; Dpv.iii.1ff.; MT. 122ff.; also J.ii.311; iii.454, etc.) mention him as the original ancestor of the Sakiyan family, to which the Buddha belonged, and gives a list of the dynasties from his day to the time of the Buddha, to prove that the line was unbroken.
Mahasammata belonged to the Solar Race and is identified with the Bodhisatta, who was born among men after sojourn in the Brahma worlds (MT. 121 f). He was called Mahasammata, because, on the arising of wickedness in the world, he was chosen by the people (sannipatitva samaggajatehi mahajanchi sammannitva kato Mahasammato; MT.122; cp. D.iii.92f.; Mtu.i.248; DhSA. 390, 392) to show indignation against and disapproval of those worthy of blame. In return for his services, he was given a portion of their harvest.
It is said (J.iv.192) that in the dynasty of Mahasammata the idea of meting out punishments, such as torture, fining, expulsion, was unknown. These were invented later with the advance of civilisation!
The Vimanavatthu Commentary (p.15) explains that Mahasammata is the name given in the sacred books (sasane) for Manu. Some, at least, of the Ceylon kings traced their descent from Mahasammata. See, e.g., Cv.xlvii.2.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Mahāsaṃmata (महासंमत) is the name of an ancient king, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36. The Buddha is of the lineage of Mo-ho-san-mo-t’o (Mahāsaṃmata), the noble Cakravartin king who ruled at the beginning of the kalpa.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
Languages of India and abroad
Mahāsaṃmata (महासंमत).—(= Pali id.), n. of an ancient mythical king, the first king of men in the present world- age: Mvy 3552; (mahatā janakāyena saṃmato iti) Mahā- saṃ° (mss. °samanto, em. Senart) Mv i.348.4; in 8 one ms. correctly Mahāsaṃmatasya, Senart with v.l. Saṃ- matasya (om. mahā); in ii.146.19 mss. °samanto, em. Senart; MSV i.3.6.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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The Mahavamsa (by Wilhelm Geiger)
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Part 7 - A Brief History of the Royal Lineage of the Bodhisatta < [Chapter 1 - The Story of Sataketu Deva, The Future Buddha]
(5) Fifth Pāramī: The Perfection of Energy (vīriya-pāramī) < [Chapter 6 - On Pāramitā]
Part 3 - Delivery of the Rahulovada Sutta to Rāhula < [Chapter 31 - The Monk Sudinna, the Son of the Kalanda Merchant]
The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 748-749 < [Chapter 13 - Examination of Sāmānya (the ‘universal’)]
Verse 1496-1497 < [Chapter 19a - Other forms and means of Knowledge (A): Verbal cognition]
Verse 1787-1790 < [Chapter 21 - Examination of the doctrine of ‘Traikālya’]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
I. Recollection of the Buddha (2): The miracles of his birth < [Part 2 - The Eight Recollections according to the Abhidharma]
Mahāsudassana-suttanta < [Part 14 - Generosity and the other virtues]
IV. How do we know that the Buddha is fearless? < [Part 1 - The four fearlessnesses of the Buddha according to the Abhidharma]
The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)
Jataka 258: Mandhātu-jātaka < [Book III - Tika-Nipāta]
Jataka 422: Cetiya-jātaka < [Volume 3]
Apadana commentary (Atthakatha) (by U Lu Pe Win)
Buddha returns to his father's Kingdom and initiates his son Rahula < [Part 3 - Discourse on proximate preface (santike-nidāna)]