Ratanapasada, Ratanapāsāda: 1 definition


Ratanapasada 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A building in the Abhayagiri vihara, erected by King Kanitthatissa for Mahanaga Thera (Mhv.xxxvi.8; for its identification see Cv.Trs.i.123, n.2).

Mahinda II. evidently rebuilt it at a cost of three hundred thousand kahapanas, and installed in it a Buddha image worth sixty thousand. At the dedication festival, the king offered his whole kingdom to the image (Cv.xlviii.135f). Mahinda III. gave the revenue from the Getthumba Canal for the repairs of the pasada (Cv.xlix.41).

In the reign of Sena I. the Panidiyas, who invaded Ceylon, plundered the pasada and removed the jewels from the eyes of the image (Cv.l.43). Sena II. found the image itself removed from its pedestal and taken to Madhura, and, after his victory over the Panndiyas, he had it restored (Cv.li.22,49). When the people rose in rebellion against Udaya III., he took refuge in the Ratanapasada with his colleagues, but the people surrounded the building and they were forced to flee (Cv.liii.17).

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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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