Makhadeva, aka: Makhādeva; 2 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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1. Makhadeva. King, son of Sagaradeva, in the direct line from Mahasammata. He was a great and liberal ruler, and his sons and grandsons, eighty four thousand in number, reigned in Mithila, the last of them being Nemiya, son of Kalarajanaka (Dpv.iii.34 f.; Mhv.ii.10; MT.129; DA.i.258 calls him the son of Upacara; also SNA.i.352).

His dynasty was followed by that of Okkaka, so that he is one of the ancestors of the Sakiyans (DA.i.258; SNA.i.352).

See also Makhadeva Jataka and Makhadeva Sutta.

Makhadeva is identified with the Bodhisatta. In a later birth he became Nimi. v.l. Maghadeva.

2. Makhadeva. A yakkha, identified with Angulimala. For his story see Sutana Jataka. J.iii.325ff.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Makhādeva (मखादेव) is the name of a king belonging to the ‘sun-king lineage’ into which Buddha was previously born, mentioned in order to demonstrate the fearlessness of the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XL.1.4. Accordingly, “The Buddha himself from the very beginning has always taken birth in the lineage of noble cakravartin kings. He was born into the families of the lineage of ‘sun kings’: king Mo-ho-t’i-p’o (Makhādeva), etc. This is why he has no fear”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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