Rupasari, Rūpasārī: 1 definition


Rupasari 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

Mother of Sariputta, who was called after her, his personal name being Upatissa. (SNA.i.326; DhA.i.73, etc.; in Sanskrit texts (e.g., Dvy.395) Sariputta is called Saradvatiputra).

Her husband was the brahmim Vanganta (DhA.ii.84), and she became the mother of seven children, all of whom became arahants - Sariputta, Upasena, Mahacunda, Revata Khadiravaniya, Cala, Upacala and Sisupacala (DhA.ii.188; SA.iii.172).

Both she and her husband were unbelievers, and she was very sad when, one after another, her children, giving up wealth worth eighty crores, joined the Order. She wished to keep at least the youngest of the boys, Revata, for herself, and had him married at the age of seven, but her plot miscarried (See Revata). This embittered her against the monks, and, though she gave them alms when they came to the house, she blamed them for having enticed her children away.

Once when Sariputta visited her with five hundred monks, among whom was Rahula, she invited them in and gave them food, but did not fail to abuse her son, calling him eater of leavings (ucchitthakhadaka) (DhA.iv.164f). She outlived Sariputta, who visited her just before his death, at Nalakagama, in the house where he was born. There she provided lodging for him and his five hundred companions. Sariputta fell ill of a violent attack of dysentery on the night of his arrival, and she saw various gods, including even Maha Brahma, come to wait on him. Learning their identity from Maha Cunda, she was amazed and went to see Sariputta to have Maha Cundas words confirmed. Sariputta told her how Maha Brahma was a follower of the Buddha and talked to her about the marvellous virtues of his teacher. At the end of his talk, she became a Sotapanna. Sariputta died the next day at dawn, and she made elaborate arrangements for his cremation (SA.iii.172ff.; for details see Sariputta).

She seems to have also been called Surupasari. E.g., ThigA.162.

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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