Pasura, Pasūra: 2 definitions

Introduction

Pasura 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Pasura

A Paribbajaka. He was a great debater who wandered from place to place, carrying a jambu branch, which he set up where he stopped, challenging anyone, who wished to engage him in disputation, to dislodge it. When he came to Savatthi, Sariputta, seeing the branch, ordered its removal. Pasura, followed by a large crowd, went to Sariputtas lodgings and had a discussion with him, in which he suffered defeat (cf. Patacara). Later, he joined the Order under Laludayi, whom he defeated in discussion, and having returned in his monks robes to the dwelling of the heretics, he started off in these same robes to visit the Buddha and hold a discussion with him. But as he entered Jetavana, the deity presiding over the gate made him dumb, and he had to sit before the Buddha, unable to utter a single word in answer to his questions. The Buddha thereupon preached the Pasura Sutta (see below) before the assembled people. SNA.ii.538ff.

Pasura Sutta

The eighth sutta of the Atthaka Vagga of the Sutta Nipata. Preached to Pasura at Jetavana. Disputants quarrel with each other and call each other fools; they wish for praise and, failing to get it, become discontented. No one is purified by dispute (SN.vs.824, 834). This sutta is commented on in the Maha Niddesa (pp. 161ff).

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Pasura, (adj.) (reading doubtful) many, abundant J. VI, 134 (=rāsi, heap C.). We should probably read pacura, as at J. V, 40 (=bahu C.). (Page 447)

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context information

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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