Pindola, Piṇḍola: 3 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names


A Pacceka Buddha, given in a nominal list. M.iii.69; ApA.i.106.

Pindola Sutta

The Buddha explains to some monks at the Ghositarama that Pindola Bharadvaja had realized truth through having cultivated three controlling faculties: mindfulness, concentration, and insight. These accomplish the destruction of birth, old age, and death. S.v.224f.

Pindola Bharadvaja

The son of the chaplain of King Udena of Kosambi. He belonged to the Bharadvajagotta. He learnt the Vedas and became a successful teacher, but, finding his work distasteful, he went to Rajagaha. There he saw the gifts and favours bestowed on the Buddhas disciples and joined the Order. He was very greedy, and went about with a large bowl made of dried gourd, which he kept under his bed at night and which made a scraping sound when touched; but the Buddha refused to allow him a bag for it until it should be worn down by constant contact. Later he followed the Buddhas advice, conquered his intemperance in diet, and became an arahant. He then announced before the Buddha his readiness to answer the questions of any doubting monks, thus uttering his lions roar. The Buddha declared him chief of the lion roarers. (A.i.23; AA.i.112f.; ThagA.i.245f.; UdA. 252; SA.iii.26). The Udana (iv.6) contains the praise uttered by him of the Buddha, because of his perfected self mastery.

Pindola was in the habit of taking his siesta in Udenas park at Kosambi. (He had been king in a former birth and had spent many days in that park.) One day Udenas women, who had come to the park with him, left him asleep and crowded round Pindola to hear him preach. Udena, noticing their absence, went in search of them, and, in his anger, ordered a nest of red ants to be put on Pindolas body. But Pindola vanished and returned to Savatthi, where the Buddha related the Mahanaga Jataka* and also the Guhatthaka Sutta (SNA.ii.514f). Later, (S.iv.110f.; SA.iii.26) we find Udena consulting him at the same spot and following his advice regarding the control of the senses.

* J.iv.375 ff.; SA.iii.26 says that when the king went to fetch the red ants from an asoka tree, the ants fell on him and started to sting him. The women, under pretence of helping him, picked up the ants that fell from him and replaced them on his body, because they were angry at his rudeness to Pindola.

In the Vinaya (Vin.ii.110f.; the story is given in greater detail at DhA.iii.201ff.; see also J.iv.263) we find the Buddha rebuking Pindola for performing a cheap miracle. The setthi of Rajagaha had placed a sandal wood bowl on a high pole and challenged any holy person to bring it down. Pindola heard of this and, at Moggallanas suggestion, rose in the air by magic power and brought it down. The Buddha blamed him for using his great gifts for an unworthy end.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Piṇḍola, (etym. unclear) one who seeks alms S. III, 93= It. 89; cp. Np. °bhāradvāja SnA 346, 514, 570. (Page 458)

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Piṇḍola, (etym. unclear) one who seeks alms S. III, 93= It. 89; cp. Np. °bhāradvāja SnA 346, 514, 570. (Page 458)

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Piṇḍola (पिण्डोल):—[from piṇḍ] m. Name of a man, [Buddhist literature]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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