Mahimsasaka, Mahimsāsaka: 1 definition



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

An heretical sect, which broke off from the Theravadins at the same time as the Vajjiputtakas. The sect was later divided into the Sabbatthivadins and the Dhammaguttikas (Mhv.v. 6, 8; Dpv.v.45, 47; MT. 174f.; Mhv. 96). They held that the truth of nirodha had two aspects (Kvu.ii.11; see also viii.9; xviii.6; xix.8; xx.5; and Rockhill, op. cit., 182-186, 191-192). Buddhadeva Thera, at whose request the Jatakatthakatha was written, belonged to the Mahimsasaka Vamsa (J.i.1).

Fa Hsien found a group of monks belonging to this sect in Ceylon. (Giles, op. cit., p. 76.).

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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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