Migalandika; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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An undesirable monk (samanakuttaka). When the Buddha had once been preaching to the monks in Mahavana in Vesali regarding the defilement and filth of the body, and had retired into solitude, many of the monks, in disgust with their bodies, put an end to their lives. Some of them sought out Migalandika and asked him to cut off their heads. This he did with a sword, but on his way to the River Vaggamuda, to wash his sword, he was seized with remorse. A Marakayika devata, however, appeared before him in the river and assured him he was doing a service to the monks by helping them to commit suicide. This encouraged him, and he put to death many more monks, until the Buddha, discovering the facts, intervened. v.l. Migaladdhika. Vin.iii.68ff.; Sp.ii.399ff.

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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