Mahimsasaka, Mahimsāsaka: 1 definition
Mahimsasaka 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
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.).
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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