Potaliputta: 1 definition


Potaliputta 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)

[«previous next»] — Potaliputta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Paribbajaka who visited Samiddhi at the Vejuvana in Rajagaha and said that he had heard the Buddha declare that all action and speech were vain, and that what passed in the mind was the only thing of importance. A stage could be reached in which there was no feeling whatever. Samiddhi protested that Potaliputta misinterpreted the Buddhas teaching, and Potaliputta then asked him questions regarding experience, which Samiddhi answered. Potaliputta, showing neither approval nor disapproval, walked away. When the Buddha heard from Ananda of Potaliputtas questions and Samiddhis answers he blamed Samiddhi for his hasty reply.

For details see Mahakammavibhanga Sutta. (M.iii.207 ff.)

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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