Mahatissa, Mahātissa, Mahātissā: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

0. An eminent Theri of Ceylon. Dpv.xviii.38.

1. Mahatissa. A thera who lived in Bhaggari in Ceylon. He was an arahant, and is mentioned as being among the last of those who took part in various assemblies that followed the departure of the Bodhisatta during different births, such as the Kuddalaka Samagama, Mugapakkha, etc.

2. Mahatissa. Called Vanavasi Mahatissa. He was a colleague of Alindakavasi Mahaphussadeva of Ceylon, and witnessed Sakka and other deities waiting on the latter in recognition of his holiness. Mahatissa perceived only the radiance of the devas and questioned Phussadeva, who did not, however, give a direct answer. SNA.i.55f.; Vibha.352.

3. Mahatissa Thera. Called Ambakhadaka Mahatissa. He lived at Ciragumba, and is mentioned as an example of a monk who refused to eat food which came to him as a result of signifying in words that he desired it. Vsm.43.

4. Mahatissa Thera. He lived in Cetiyagiri, and one day, while on his way to Anuradhapura, saw a woman who was leaving her husband, having quarrelled with him. She was beautifully dressed, and seeing the Elder, smiled at him, in order to show her perfect teeth. The Elder looked at her, and acquiring the perception of “the foul” through thinking of the bones of her teeth, became an arahant. The husband followed his wife and asked the Elder if he had seen her. The Elder replied, “I know not if it was man or woman, but I saw a lump of bones.” Vsm.20f., 194.

5. Mahatissa Thera. Of Punnavallika. One full moon day, at evening, he went to the courtyard of the Maha Thupa, saw the moonlight, and turning towards the shrine, entered into rapture, the Buddha being his object of thought. He habitually recalled this experience thenceforth until, one day, he was able to travel through the air to the Maha Thupa. Vsm.143; DhSA.116.

6. Mahatissa. An Elder of the Mahakaranjiya Vihara. He became an arahant by developing anapanasati, and was thus able to limit his life term. Vsm.292.

7. Mahatissa Thera. While begging for alms in Kalyanigama his mind was defiled by the sight of an “uncommon” form (visabhagarupa, naked woman?). SNA.i.6f.

8. Mahatissa Thera. An incumbent of the Mandalarama near Bhokkantagama. He was a reciter of the Dhammapada. Sumana, wife of Lakuntaka Atimbara, related the story of her past in the assembly of monks in association with this Thera. DhA.iv.51.

9. Mahatissa. A man of the Okkaka race, father of Dappula I. His wife was Sanghasiva, and they had two other sons, Aggabodhi and Maniakkhika, and one daughter. Cv.xlv.38.

10. Mahatissa Thera. Incumbent of Kotapabbata Vihara and teacher of Asubhakammika Tissa. He was an arahant, and heard, with his divine ear, the description given in the Lohapasada by Cittagutta Thera of the marvels of the Maha Thupa. Mahatissa told Cittagutta that the description was not full enough. MT. 552f.

11. Mahatissa Thera.

context information

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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