Rukkhamula, Rukkhamūla, Rukkha-mula: 3 definitions



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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Dhamma Dana: The 13 Ascetic Practices of Buddhist Monks

One of the Thirteen Dhutaygas.

The Pali term "rukkhamula" means "the fact to remain beneath a tree".

"rukkha" = "tree"; "mula" = "root"

The bhikkhu who takes the habit to remain beneath a tree is called a "rukkha mulika". When this practice is conveniently put into practice, with steadiness and diligence, with the determination of not breaking it, we say that there is "rukkhamulikayga" (a state of mind of the abode beneath a tree).

The three kinds of practitioners of the rukkhamula dhutayga

  1. ukkattha rukkhamula, the noble practitioner of the rukkhamula dhutayga
  2. majjhima rukkhamula, the intermediate practitioner of the rukkhamula dhutayga
  3. mudu rukkhamula, the ordinary practitioner of the rukkhamula dhutayga

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

rukkhamūla : (nt.) the foot of a tree.

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

Rukkhamūla refers to: the foot of a tree (taken as a dwelling by the ascetics for meditation: D. I, 71, where several such lonely places are recommended, as arañña, r-m. , pabbata, kandara, etc.—DA. I, 209 specifies as “yaṃ kiñci sanda-cchāyaṃ vivittaṃ rukkha-mūlaṃ”); A. II, 38; IV, 139, 392; S. I, 199 (°gahana); It. 102; Sn. 708, 958; Nd1 466; Pug. 68; PvA. 100 (v. l. sukkha-nadī), 137 (Gaṇḍamba°, with ref. to the Buddha).—°gata one who undertakes living at the foot of a tree (as an ascetic) A. III, 353; V, 109 sq. , 207, 323 sq.; Pug. 68.—°senāsana having one’s bed & seat at the foot of a tree for meditative practices as a recluse Vin. I, 58 (as one of the 4 nissayas: piṇḍiy’ālopa-bhojana, paṃsukūla-cīvara, r. -m. s. , pūti-mutta bhesajja), 96 (id.); A. IV, 231.

Note: rukkhamūla is a Pali compound consisting of the words rukkha and mūla.

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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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