Pancavaggiya, Pañcavaggiya, Pañcavaggiyā, Panca-vaggiya: 3 definitions


Pancavaggiya means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The name given to the five monks:

Kondanna, (Anna Kondanna), Bhaddiya, Vappa, Mahanama Assaji

to whom the Buddha preached his first sermon at Isipatana.

Of these, Kondanna was the youngest of the eight brahmins who read the signs on Gotamas body on the day of the name giving festival. The four others were children of four of the other brahmins. They had been advised by their fathers to watch Gotamas career and to join him should he renounce the world. This they did, and all five joined in the austerities of Gotama at Uruvela. When he abandoned his austerities and started to follow the Middle Way, they left him in disappointment. But after the Enlightenment, the Buddha visited them and preached to them. At first they refused to pay heed to him, but gradually his powers of persuasion won their hearts and they became his first disciples.

It is noteworthy that, although warned by their fathers of the great destiny awaiting Gotama, they were yet reluctant to accept the Buddhas claim to Enlightenment.

J.i.57, 67, 81, 82; DhA.i.87, etc. For details of the members of the group, see under their several names; see also article by Mrs. Rhys Davids in J.R.A.S. for 1927 on them as the Unknown co founders of Buddhism, where she suggests that the members of this group were responsible for certain tendencies in the Buddhas teaching.

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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: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

pañcavaggiya : (adj.) belonging to a group of five. (The five monks, who accompanied Gotama when he became an ascetic, are called pañcavaggiyā).

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

Pañcavaggiya refers to: (or °ika SnA 198) belonging to a group of five. The 5 brahmins who accompanied Gotama when he became an ascetic are called p. bhikkhū. Their names are Aññākondañña, Bhaddiya, Vappa, Assaji, Mahānāma. M. I, 170; II, 94; S. III, 66; PvA. 21 (°e ādiṃ katvā); SnA 351; cp. chabbaggiya.

Note: pañcavaggiya is a Pali compound consisting of the words pañca and vaggiya.

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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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