Medakathalika, aka: Medakathālikā, Medakathalikā, Medakathālika, Meda-kathalika; 3 Definition(s)
Medakathalika 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)
The pupil of a bamboo acrobat (candalavamsika) (See KS.v.148, n.3) of long ago. His master called to him one day and asked him to climb the bamboo and to stand on his shoulder. Then the master suggested that they should watch and look after each other during their performances. But Medakathalika said that each should look after himself, which would be the better way.
The Commentary (SA.iii.182) adds that, in this performance, the end of the pole rests on the forehead or throat. The man who thus holds it must watch the balance closely and not attend to the man at the end of the pole.
The Buddha related this story at Desaka, in the Sumbha country, to the monks, and said that, in the same way, each monk should look after himself; by guarding oneself, one guards another; this is done by the cultivation of the four satipatthanas (S.v.168f).
The name Medakathalika, though feminine in inflection, is used for a male (SA.iii.181).Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
Languages of India and abroad
medakathālikā : (f.) a saucepan for frying fat.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Medakathālika refers to: a cooking pot or saucepan for frying fat A. IV, 377 (in simile with kāya); DhA. II, 179 (similar); Vism. 195 (in compar.).
Note: medakathālika is a Pali compound consisting of the words meda and kathālika.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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