Nisabha, Nisabhā: 4 definitions



Nisabha means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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

1. Nisabha

One of the two chief disciples of Anomadassi Buddha (Bu.viii.22; J.i.36; DhA.i.88).

Pancasilasamadaniya Thera took the precepts from him in the time of Anomadassi Buddha. Ap.i.76; also 74 (?).

2. Nisabba

One of the chief lay supporters of Atthadassi Buddha. Bu.xv.21.

3. Nisabha

Also called Mahanisabha, chief among the dhutahgadharas in the time of Padumuttara Buddha. It was his example that prompted Maha Kassapa to strive for a similar honour. ThagA.ii.134f.; SA.ii.135f.; AA.i.85f.

4. Nisabha Thera

He was born in a Koliyan family, and, having seen the Buddhas wisdom and power in the fight between the Sakyans and the Koliyans, he entered the Order and became an arahant. Two verses uttered by him in admonition of a fellow worker are found in the Theragatha (vs.195f.). In time of Vipassi Buddha he was a householder, and gave to the Buddha a kapittha fruit (Thag.i.318). He is probably identical with Kapitthaphaladayaka of the Apadana. Ap.ii.449; but see also ThagA.i.73.

5. Nisabha

A mountain in Himava., 212; Ap.i.67.

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. One of the palaces occupied by Tissa Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.xviii.17.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Nisabha (निसभ) or Nisabhapabbata is the name of a mountain (pabbata) situated in Uttarāpatha (Northern District) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—The Nisabha-pabbata is not far off from the Himavanta (cf. Apadāna). It is the mountain which lies to the west of the Gandhamādana and north of the Kabul river called by the Greeks Paropanisos, now called the Hindu Kush.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nisabha : (m.) a leading ox; the best of men.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nisabha, (Sk. nṛ+ṛṣabha, cp. usabha. On relation of usabha: vasabha: nisabha see SnA 40) “bull among men, ” i.e. prince, leader; “princeps, ” best of men; Ep. of the Buddha S. I, 28, 48, 91; M. I, 386; J. V, 70; VI, 526; Vv 167 (isi°), cp. VvA. 83 for explanation; Vv 637 (isi°=ājānīya VvA. 262). (Page 373)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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