Pitimalla, Pitamallaka, Pitimallaka, Pītimalla, Pītimallaka, Pītamallaka: 1 definition



Pitimalla 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

A Thera. Having won the flags of three countries, he went on a visit to Ceylon and was honoured by the king. While passing the door of the Kinjakasanasala, he heard a monk reciting the Na tumhaka Vagga, and, touched thereby, he went to the Mahavihara and joined the Order. Having learnt the two Matika, he went with thirty others to Gavaravaliya angana, and there practised meditation while walking up and down. When his legs ached he walked about on his knees.

One day a hunter, mistaking him for an animal, shot at him. The dart pierced him, but he filled the wound with herbs, lay down on a slab of rock, developed insight and attained arahantship. To the monks who gathered round him he expressed his great joy at having succeeded in his quest, and they said that had the Buddha been alive he would have stroked his head (MA.i.190).

His story is given as an example of a monk striving amid great discomfort. E.g., AA.i.29; SA.ii.216.

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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