Meghiya: 2 definitions


Meghiya 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Meghiya Thera. He belonged to a Sakyan family of Kapilavatthu, and having joined the Order, was for some time the personal attendant of the Buddha. Once, when the Buddha was staying with him at Calika (this was in the thirteenth year after the Enlightenment, BuA.3), Meghiya went to Jantugama for alms, and, on his return, was much attracted by a mango grove on the banks of the river Kimikala. He asked the Buddhas permission to dwell there in meditation. Twice the Buddha refused, but, on his third request, let him go. There, however, Meghiya was consumed by evil thoughts and returned to the Buddha. The Buddha preached to him on the five things which make the heart ripe for emancipation good friends, virtuous life, profitable talks, zealous exertion, insight and admonished him. Meghiya thereupon attained arahantship. A.iv.354ff.; Ud.iv.1; Thag.66; AA.ii.794; DhA.i.289 says, however, that at the end of the Buddhas sermon Meghiya became a sotapanna.

Ninety one kappas ago, on the death of Vipassi Buddha, there was a great earthquake. The people were very frightened, but Vessavana explained to them the reason for it and dispelled their fears. Meghiya was then a householder, and having thus heard of the Buddhas qualities, was filled with joy. Fourteen kappas ago he was a king named Samita (UdA.217ff.; ThagA.i.149f). He is evidently to be identified with Buddhasannaka of the Apadana. Ap.i.151f.

Meghiya Vagga. The fourth section of the Udana.

Meghiya Sutta. Preached to Meghiya (q.v.) on the five factors which make the heart ripe for emancipation. A.iv.354ff.

Meghiya Thera Vatthu. The story of Meghiya Thera (q.v.). DhA.i.287ff.

context information

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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Meghiya (मेघिय) is the name of a disciple of the Buddha, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLI. Ānanda fulfilled his mission with the greatest devotion for the last twenty-five years of the Teacher’s life. Before Ānanda took charge, other disciples functioned temporarily. The commtary of the Theragāthā and that of the Udāna record seven of them and the old canonical sources confirm this. Viz., Meghiya (Udāna, p. 34, l. 4).

Meghiya (मेघिय) is also mentioned as a disciple of the Buddha, according to the the Vinayamātṛkā of the Haimavatas.—The Vinayamātṛkā of the Haimavatas knows of eight disciples who, “fan in hand, fanned the Buddha”. These were [viz., Meghiya].

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context information

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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