Sabhuti: 2 definitions


Sabhuti means something in Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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

He was the son of Sumanasetthi and the younger brother of Anathapindika. On the day of the dedication of Jetavana, he heard the Buddha preach and left the world. After ordination he mastered the two categories (of Vinaya rules), and, after obtaining a subject for meditation, lived in the forest. There he developed insight, and attained arahantship on the basis of metta jhana. Teaching the Dhamma without distinction or limitation, he was declared chief of those who lived remote and in peace (aranaviharinam aggo), and of those who were worthy of gifts (dakkhineyyanam) (A.i.24; cf., where the Buddha commends his proficiency in meditation). It is said that when he went begging for alms he would develop metta jhana at each door, hence every gift made to him was of the highest merit. In the course of his travels he came to Rajagaha, and Bimbisara promised to build him a dwelling place. But the king forgot his promise, and Subhuti meditated in the open air. There was no rain, and, discovering the cause, the king had a leaf hut built for him. As soon as Subhuti entered the hut and seated himself cross legged on the bed of hay, rain began to fall.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he belonged to a rich family and was called Nanda. Later he left the world and lived the hermits life, at the head of forty four thousand others. The Buddha visited Nandas hermitage and accepted from him a gift of fruit and flowers. He asked one of his monks, proficient in metta and eminent in receiving gifts, to preach the anumodana. At the end of the sermon all the other hermits became arahants, but Nandas attention was fixed on the majesty of the preaching monk, and he did not reach any attainment. Later, discovering the qualities in which the preacher had attained eminence, Nanda resolved that he too would reach similar eminence. AA.i.124f.; ThagA.i.17ff.; UdA.348f; see also Ap.i.67f., where Nanda is called Kosiya.

Verses attributed to him are included in the Theragatha (vs.1) and also in the Milinda Panha (pp.356,391). See also Subhuti Sutta.

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).

Discover the meaning of sabhuti in the context of Theravada from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

sabhūti (सभूति).—f Possibility. Consistency. Birth, production.

context information

Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

Discover the meaning of sabhuti in the context of Marathi from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: