Pamsukuli, Paṃsukūlī, Pāṃsukulī, Pamsu-kuli, Pamshukuli, Pāṃśukulī, Pamshu-kuli: 7 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Pāṃśukulī can be transliterated into English as Pamsukuli or Pamshukuli, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Pamsukuli, Pamsukulino, Pamsukulika.—A sect of ascetics in Ceylon, whose particular observance was probably the use of rag robes (pamsukula). Their early origin is not known, Manavamma is said to have built for them a pasada in the Thuparama (Cv.xlvii.66). They also occupied the Rajamatika vihara and enjoyed the special favour of both Aggabodhi V. and of Aggabodhi VII (Ibid., xlviii.4, 16, 73). Vajira, senapati of Aggabodhi IX., built for them the Kacchavala vihara (Ibid., xlix.80). Sena I. established for them headquarters on the Arittha pabbata and also made special provision for them at Pulatthipura (Ibid., l.63, 76).

They seem to have originally belonged to the congregation of the Abhayagiri vihara, and continued to do so up to the reign of Sena II., when they separated off and formed special groups (Ibid., li.52). Later, Sena Ilanga, general of Kassapa IV., built the Samuddagiri parivena, in the Maha vihara for their use, and it is said that he dispensed rice and clothing to the mothers of the Pamsukulikas (Ibid., Iii.21).

In the time of Udaya III. various officials of the court fled to the tapovana occupied by the Pamsukulikas, but were pursued thither by the king and his viceroy and beheaded. Incensed by this act, the Pamsukulikas left the tapovana, which stood on land granted by the king, and went to Rohana. The people rose in rebellion, and those who had perpetrated the crime in the tapovana visited the Pamsukulikas in Rohana, asked their forgiveness, and persuaded them to return (Ibid., Iiii.14ff., 21ff). Mahinda IV. also showed them great honour (Ibid., liv.18, 24f). We hear of them last in the reign of Vikkamabahu II., when that king deprived them of their lands, and they, in anger, retired again to Rohana (Ibid., lxi.59f). Thenceforth we hear no more of the sect, and it probably ceased to exist.

It is mentioned in the Anguttara Commentary (AA.i.52f ) that, after the depredations of Candala Tissa, when the religion was at a very low ebb, a discussion arose between the Pamsukulikas and the Dhammakathikas as to which was the more important branch of the sasana pariyatti or patipatti. The Pamsukulikas voted for patipatti, but were defeated by the others.


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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pāṃsukulī (पांसुकुली).—a highroad, highway.

Pāṃsukulī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pāṃsu and kulī (कुली). See also (synonyms): pāṃśukulī.

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Pāṃśukulī (पांशुकुली).—a highroad, highway.

Pāṃśukulī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pāṃśu and kulī (कुली). See also (synonyms): pāṃsukulī.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pāṃśukulī (पांशुकुली).—f. (-lī) A principal road, E. pāṃśu dust, kula a heap.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pāṃsukulī (पांसुकुली):—[=pāṃsu-kulī] [from pāṃsu > pāṃsaka] f. ‘quantity of dust’, a high road, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pāṃśukulī (पांशुकुली):—[pāṃśu-kulī] (lī) 3. f. A principal road.

[Sanskrit to German]

Pamsukuli in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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