Mahasumana, Mahāsumana, Mahāsumanā: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Mahasumana. The presiding deity of Sumanakuta. He was a sotapanna, and on the Buddhas first visit to Ceylon obtained from him a handful of hair, which he placed in a sapphire shrine. This shrine was later known as Mahiyangana Thupa. Mhv.i.33ff.

2. Mahasumana. Elder son of Mahamunda. He waited upon Anuruddha at his fathers house and his father offered to have him ordained. But Anuruddha preferred his brother Cullasumana. DhA.iv.128f.

3. Mahasumana. A Thera, present at the Foundation Ceremony of the Maha Thupa; when the foundation was laid, he offered jatisumana flowers. MT. 524, 527, 528.

4. Mahasumana - A devaputta of Aritthapabbata. Ras.ii.169.

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. One of the pre eminent nuns of Ceylon. Dpv.xviii.39.

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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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