Otthaddha: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

One of the Licchavis. His personal name (mula nama) was Mahali, but he was called Otthaddha because he had a hare lip (addhotthataya) (DA.i.310).

He went to visit the Buddha at the Kutagarasala in Vesali, at a time when the Buddha had given orders that no one should be allowed to see him; but through the intervention of the novice Siha, Otthaddha was admitted to the Buddhas presence with a large retinue of followers, all splendidly adorned in various ways, though it is stated that earlier in the day they had taken the uposatha vows. The conversation that took place between Otthaddha and the Buddha is recorded in the Mahali Sutta (D.i.150ff).

Buddhaghosa calls Otthaddha a raja.

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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