Pacinatissapabbata-vihara, Pācīnatissapabbata-vihāra: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

A monastery in Ceylon, built by Jetthatissa and given to the monks of the five settlements. The stone image set up by Devanampiyatissa in the Thuparama was transferred to this vihara by Jetthatissa (Mhv.xxxvi.127, 129). Mahasena had it brought from there to the Abhayagiri vihara (Ibid.,xxxvii.14). Near the monastery was the mountain, Pacina tissapabbata, where an engagement took place between Kassapa, son of Upatissa III., and Silakala (Cv.xli.14). Later, at the same spot, took place the decisive battle between Sanghatissa and Moggallana III. Ibid.,xliv.14ff.

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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

[«previous next»] — Pacinatissapabbata-vihara in India history glossary
Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Pācīnatissapabbata-vihāra is the name of a building built by Jeṭṭhatissa I (263-275) and was situated in the eastern area of Anurādhapura.—Pācīnatissapabbata-vihāra was built by Jeṭṭhatissa I. To it he removed a stone Image of the Buddha which was in Thūpārāma: Mahāsena (275-301) transferred this Image to Abhayagiri-vihāra. A 6th century inscription in situ names the site Pajiṇatisapavata.

Anurādhapura (where Pācīnatissapabbata-vihāra was situated) was first founded as a village settlement in the second half of the 6th century B.C. by a Minister named Anurādha of the first, traditional King, Vijaya. The embellishment of the town with thūpas and vihāras began in the reign of Devānaṃpiya Tissa (B.C. 247-207).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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