Mahasatthivassa: 1 definition
Mahasatthivassa 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
Mahasatthivassa Thera Mahasatthivassa Thera
A resident of Katthakasala parivena. King Vasabha went to the monastery, as the monk lay dying, intending to worship him, but at the door he heard the groans of the ill man, and disgusted that, after sixty years of monastic life, he should not be able to conquer his pain, he did not enter. This was reported to the Elder, and putting forth great effort, he subdued his pain and sent word to the king to come to him. Vasabha entered, and prostrating himself before the Elder, said, I worship you, not for your arahantship, but for the exertion you put forth while yet a puthujjana. DA.i.291.
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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