Majjhantika: 3 definitions


Majjhantika 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.

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Majjhantika: or Sanika Sutta. Once a monk dwelt in a forest tract in Kosala and was told by a deva of the forest how the noonday silence frightened him. But the monk replied that to him it was enchanting. S.i.203.

2. Majjhantika Thera: An arahant. He recited the kammavaca (or ecclesiastical act) at the ordination of Mahinda, on whom he later conferred the upasampada ordination (Mhv.v.207; Sp.i.51; Dpv.vii.24). Later, at the conclusion of the Third Council, Majjhantika went as preacher to Kasmira Gandhara. There, by his great iddhi powers, he overcame the Naga king Aravala and converted him to the Faith, while Pandaka and his wife Harita and their five hundred sons became sotapannas. Majjhantika preached the Asivisopama Sutta to the assembled concourse and later ordained one hundred thousand persons (Mhv.xii.3, 9ff.; Sp.i.64ff.; Dpv.viii.4; Mbv.113; for the Tibetan version see Rockhill, op. cit., 167ff.). The sermon preached by Majjhantika is referred to in the Scholiast to the Sarabhanga Jataka (J.v.142).

This same Elder is referred to elsewhere as an example of one who practised pariyatti appicchata (SNA.ii.494; DA.iii.1061, but at AA.i.263 he is called Majjhantika Tissa). He was the leader of the assembly of monks (sanghathera). On the day of the dedication of Asokas vihara, the Thera was a khinasava and was present, but his begging bowl and robe were hardly worth a farthing. People, seeing him there, asked him to make way; but he sank into the earth, rising to receive the alms given to the leader of the monks, knowing that he alone was fit to accept it. The story is given at AA.i.43; MA.i.350.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Majjhantika in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

majjhantika : (m.) the midday.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Majjhantika, (majjha+anta+ika) midday, noon; used either absolutely Vin. IV, 273; S. IV, 240; J. V, 213 (yāva upakaṭṭha — majjhantikā); V, 291 (read majjhantik’âtikamm’āgami); Vism. 236; Miln. 3; or as apposition with kāla & samaya S. I, 7 (kāla); Pv IV. 32 (id.); Nd2 977 (samaya); DA. I, 251 (id.). (Page 514)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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