Phagguna, Phagguṇa: 3 definitions



Phagguna 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

1. Phagguna

A monk. In the Samyutta Nikaya (S.iv.52) he is represented as asking the Buddha if it were possible, by means of any of the senses, to recognize and proclaim the past Buddhas. The Buddha replies in the negative. It is probably the same monk who is mentioned in the Anguttara Nikaya (A.iii.379 ff) as having been visited during his illness by the Buddha on the suggestion of Ananda. The Buddha found Phagguna in bed and grievously ill, and he talked to him and comforted him. Phagguna died soon after, having attained arahantship.

2. Phagguna

See Moliya Phagguna.

1. Phagguna Sutta

A conversation between the Buddha and Phagguna (1) on the possibility of recognizing, by means of the senses, the Buddhas of the past. S.iv. 52.

2. Phagguna Sutta

Contains an account of the Buddhas visit to Phagguna (1) when the latter lay ill. At the end of the sutta is a list of six advantages of hearing the Dhamma and of testing its goodness in time. A.iii.379 ff.

3. Phagguna Sutta

A discussion between the Buddha and Moliya Phagguna as to whether anyone feeds on consciousness, exercises contact, feels, has craving, etc. The Buddha says that the question is badly formed; all these activities are conditioned by other activities, and so on. S.ii.12 ff.

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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

phagguṇa : (m.) name of month, February-March.

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

Phagguṇa, & Phagguṇī (f.) (cp. Vedic phālguna & °ī) N. of a month (Feb. 15th-March 15th), marking the beginning of Spring; always with ref. to the spring full moon, as phagguṇa-puṇṇamā at Vism. 418; phagguṇi° J. I, 86. (Page 476)

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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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