Nanduttara: 1 definition



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Nanduttara

A brahmin, a former incarnation of Sonuttara. He lived in Kotigama, a league from Payaga, and offered hospitality to the Buddha and his monks. He saw the miracle performed by Bhaddaji in raising up the sunken palace of Mahapanada and showing the Dussa Thupa, and expressed the wish to possess similar power to procure relics held by others. Mhv.xxxi.5ff.; cf. MT.560.

2. Nanduttara

Son of Narada Buddha in his last lay life. When the Buddha preached to him, eighty crores of people realized the Truth. Bu.x.9, 20.

Nanduttara Theiri

She belonged to a brahmin family of Kammassadamma and entered the Order of the Niganthas. She was a renowned speaker and travelled about India, challenging others to discussion. In the course of her wanderings she met Moggallana, and was defeated in discussion by him. Acting on his advice, she became a Bhikkhuni, and, soon after, an arahant. Thig.vs.87-91; ThigA.87.

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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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