Phussadeva: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Phussadeva

One of the two chief disciples of Dhammadassi Buddha. J.i.39; Bu.xvi.18.

2. Phussadeva Thera

An eminent teacher of the Vinaya (Vin.v.3) in Ceylon. He was a contemporary of Upatissa, from whose views his own often differed. See Sp.i.263; ii.456, 495; iii. 651, 653; iv. 890.

3. Phussadeva Thera

An incumbent of Katakandhakara in Ceylon. He was among those taking part in the assemblies mentioned in Kuddalaka, Mugapakkha, Ayoghara and Hatthipala Jatakas (J.iv. 490; vi. 30). Once Mara, assuming the form of the Buddha, tried to tempt him, but the Elder, seeing this form and deriving joy from its contemplation, became an arahant. Vsm. 263.

4. Phussadeva

One of the chief warriors of Dutthagamani. He was born in the village of Gavita and his father was Uppala. Once, having gone to the vihara with other boys, he saw a conch shell offered at the bodhi tree and blew on it. All those who heard him stood as if stunned, and he came to be called Ummada Phussadeva. His father was an archer, and he himself became very skilled in this art (Mhv.xxiii.82f), the best archer in the island (Mhv.xxv.82). In Dutthagamanis fight with Bhalluka, Phussadeva sat behind the king on the elephant and shot Bhalluka. His arrow grazed the kings ear, causing the blood to flow. In expiation, Phussadeva cut off the lobe of his own ear and showed it to the king. Later the king planted Phussadevas arrow on the floor, and covering it to its full height with kahapanas, gave the money to Phussadeva. Ibid., 91 ff. See also Ras.ii.100f.

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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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