Mahimsaka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A kingdom mentioned in the Sankhapala Jataka as being near Mount Candaka. There lived the Bodhisatta, in a hermitage on the bend of the river Kannapanna, where it left Lake Sankhapala (J.v.162). Keka is mentioned as the capital of Mahimsaka, where a king named Ajjuna once ruled (J.v.145) also a city, called Sakula, capital of King Sakula. Near Sakula was a lake, called Manusiya (J.v.337). In the Bhimasena Jataka (J.i.356) the Bodhisatta is mentioned as living for some time in Mahimsaka in his birth as Culadhanuggaha pandita. Mahimsaka is mentioned (E.g., Vibha.4) as an example of a country where cold weather frequently occurs.

The country is generally identified with Malayagiri, the Malabar Ghats. See also Mahisamandala.

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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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