Moliyasivaka, Moliyasīvaka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Moliyasivaka in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Paribbajaka. He once visited the Buddha at Veluvana and questioned him regarding predestination. The Buddha explains to him that suffering arises from various causes -

bile, phlegm, wind, bodily humour, change of season, stress of untoward happenings, sudden attacks from without and also from ones kamma

and to say that these are all predestined is to go too far. Sivaka expresses his approval and declares himself the Buddhas follower (S.iv.230f.; this Sutta is quoted at Mil. 137). Another conversation he had with the Buddha is recorded in the Anguttara Nikaya (A.iii.356). There he asks the Buddha if the claims made with regard to the Dhamma are justified. The Buddha proves to him, by illustration, that they are.

Buddhaghosa explains (SA.iii.87) that the Paribbajakas name was Sivaka, his sobriquet being due to his having worn his hair in a topknot.

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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