Mendasira: 1 definition


Mendasira 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

An arahant Thera. He was born in the family of a burgher of Saketa and was so called because his head resembled that of a ram. When the Buddha was staying in Anjanavana in Saketa, Mendasira heard him preach and entered the Order, attaining arahantship in due course.

In the time of Vipassi Buddha, he lived near Mount Gotama in Himava with a large following of ascetics. There they met the Buddha and offered him lotus flowers. Fifty one kappas ago he was a king named Januttama (Jaluttama) (Thag.78; ThagA.i.171f). He is evidently to be identified with Padumapujaka of the Apadana. Ap.i.102f.

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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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