Piyadassi, Piyadassī: 1 definition


Piyadassi 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. Piyadassi

The thirteenth of the twenty four Buddhas. He was born in Sudhanna (Sudassana) and his mother was Sucanda (Canda). He was called Piyadassi because he showed many pleasing miracles. For nine thousand years he lived as a layman in three palaces: Sunimala Vimala and Giriguha (Giribraha). His wife was Vimala and his son Kancanavela (Kancana). He left home in a chariot and practised austerities for six months. He was given milk rice by Vasabhas daughter and grass for his seat by the Ajivaka Sujata. His, bodhi was a Kakudha tree. Among his converts were the deva king Sudassana and the elephant Donamukha. A monk named Sona conspired with Prince Mahapaduma to kill the Buddha, Donamukha being the elephant they used in their unsuccessful plot. cp. Nalagiri.

Piyadassis chief disciples were Palita and Sabbadassi among monks and Sujata and Dhammadinna among nuns, his constant attendant being Sobhita. Sannaka and Dhammika were his chief lay patrons among men, and Visakhi and Dhammadinna among women. He lived for ninety thousand years and died at Assattharama, his thupa being three leagues in height.

The Bodhisatta of that time was a brahmin named Kassapa, and he built a monastery for the Buddha at a cost of one hundred thousand crores. Bu.xiv.1ff.; BuA.172ff.; J.i.38f., etc.

2. Piyadassi

A Pacceka Buddha. M.iii.69; Ap.i.106.

3. Piyadassi Thera

An arahant. He was present with sixty thousand others, from Jetarama, at the foundation ceremony of the Maha Thupa (Dpv.xix.15; Mhv.xxix.32). He stood on the north east side at the ceremony, and at the close of it he preached to Dutthagamani. Ibid., 65; MT. 531.

4. Piyadassi

A setthi of Sudassananigama, whose daughter gave milk rice to Sikhi Buddha. BaA. 201.

5. Piyadassi

A Thera of Ceylon, incumbent of the Devaraja vihara. He was a pupil of the grammarian Moggallana and wrote the Pali grammar, Padasadhana. P.L.C. 205.

6. Piyadassi

A name for Dhammasoka.

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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