Rakkhita: 4 definitions



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Rakkhita Thera. He was born in a noble Sakyan family of Vedehanigama (? Devadaha) and was one of the five hundred youths given by the Sakyan and Koliyan chiefs to provide an escort to the Buddha, as an acknowledgement of his having prevented war between them. When the Buddha preached the Kunala Jataka, Rakkhita, realizing the dangers of sensuality, developed insight, and later became an arahant.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he heard the Buddha preach and praised his eructation (Thag.79; ThagA.i.173). He is evidently identical with Sobhita Thera of the Apadana. Ap.i.163f.

2. Rakkhita Thera. He was sent to the Vanavasa country to convert it at the end of the Third Council. Floating in the air amid the people, he preached the Anamatagga Samyutta. Sixty thousand people embraced the new religion and thirty seven thousand joined the Order, five hundred viharas being founded. Mhv.xii.4, 31ff.; Dpv.viii.7; Sp.i.63, 66.

3. Rakkhita. See Maharakkhita in the Somanassa Jataka.

4. Rakkhita. The Bodhisatta born as an ascetic. See Mahamangala Jataka.

5. Rakkhita. Son of Lokita and Moggallana and brother of Kitti (afterwards Vijayabahu I.). Cv.lvii.42.

6. Rakkhita Thera. See Buddharakkhita.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Mahavastu

Rakkhita (रक्खित) or Rakkhita Kumāra.—In the Mahāmaṅgala Jātaka (IV. 72 ff) the Buddha, as the bodhisatta Rakkhita Kumāra (cf. the name Rakṣita here) is asked to define what constitutes things of good omen, and he replies by confuting popular notions about good luck and giving instead a list of moral qualities the possession, or the possessor, of which alone can confer blessings on men. The parallel Mahāmaṅgala Sutta of Khp. and Sn. has the same motive, as well as the Ratana Sutta of the same two works.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rakkhita in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

rakkhita : (pp. of rakkhati) protected; guarded; observed; preserved.

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

Rakkhita, (pp. of rakkhati) guarded, protected, saved S. IV, 112 (rakkhitena kāyena, rakkhitāya vācāya etc.); A. I, 7 (cittaṃ r.); Sn. 288 (dhamma°), 315 (gottā°); VvA. 72 (mātu°, pitu° etc.); PvA. 61, 130.—Note. rakkhitaṃ karoti at Mhvs 28, 43 Childers translates “take under protection, ” but Geiger reads rakkhike and translates “appoint as watchers. ”

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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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