Pandukambalasilasana, Pandukambalasilāsana: 1 definition



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The throne of Sakka, which stands under the Paricchattaka Kovilara tree and is sixty leagues long, fifty broad and fifteen deep. Sakka, sitting on it, sinks as far as the middle of his body. It is the colour of the jayasumana flower (DA.ii.482).

The Buddha occupied the seat when he visited Tavatimsa to preach to his mother. It is said that Sakka feared the seat might prove too high for the Buddha, but the Buddha, perceiving his thoughts, sat on it, covering the whole with a fold of his robe (DhA.iii.217; iv.80).

Mention is also made (J.ii.193) of the Buddha occupying the seat on a subsequent visit to Tavatimsa. Distinguished guests of Sakka, such as Sadhina (J.iv.357), were allowed to sit on the throne by Sakkas side.

When Sakkas span of life draws near its end, or his merit is exhausted, or a righteous being is in danger and needs his help, the Pandukambalasilasana becomes heated, thus attracting his attention. (E.g., J.iv.8 f., 238, 323; iii.53; v.92, etc.).

It is so called because it resembled a red blanket (rattakambala). MNidA.313.

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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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