Pasanakacetiya, Pasanaka-cetiya, Pāsāṇakacetiya: 2 definitions

Introduction

Pasanakacetiya 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A shrine near Rajagaha, where the disciples of Bivari met and questioned the Buddha (SN.vs.1013). The Buddha went there from Savatthi, knowing it to be the best place in which to meet them. Bavaris disciples followed him thither. The cetiya was originally a shrine dedicated to some divinity (devatthana) and built on a great rock, hence its name. Later, it was converted into a vihara for the Buddha, being within easy reach of the town. Sakka built there a great hall (mandapa) for the Buddha (SNA. 583, 584). This hall was evidently behind the cetiya (pitthipasane). AA.i.184.

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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Pāsāṇakacetiya (पासाणकचेतिय) is the name of a stoppig-place, or vihāra located at Rājagṛha, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter V. Rājagṛha is the name of a sacred city where the Buddha was dwelling at the beginning of the discourse in the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra.

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context information

Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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