Saddha Tissa, Saddhā-tissa: 2 definitions

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. King of Ceylon (77 59 B.C.). He was the brother of Dutthagamani and was about a year younger. When he was ten, at the ceremony of initiation, he was forced to make a vow that he would never fight against his brother; but when his father, Kakavannatissa, died, he seized the throne in the absence of Dutthagamani. Up to that time he had been in charge of the Dighavapi district. Dutthagamani now made war upon him, but was defeated at Culanganiyapitthi. Later the tide turned, and Tissa had to flee to a monastery. Dutthagamani surrounded the monastery, but some young monks carried Tissa out on a bed, covered up like a dead body. Gamani discovered the ruse, but refrained from action. Through the intervention of Godhagatta Tissa Thera, the brothers were reconciled, and, thereafter, seem to have been devoted to one another.

After Gamanis conquest of Anuradhapura, Tissa seems to have returned as governor of Dighavapi. When Gamani lay dying, Tissa was sent for to complete the work of the Maha Thupa, that the king might see it before his death. This he got done by means of temporary structures, cunningly devised. He was enjoined to retain unimpaired all the services on behalf of the religion inaugurated by his brother, and, when the latter died, he was succeeded by Tissa, who ruled for eighteen years. He rebuilt the Lohapasada after it was burnt down, and erected many viharas - Dakkhinagiri, Kallakalena, Kalambaka, Pettangavalika, Velangavitthika, Dubbalavapitissaka, Duratissaka, Matuviharaka and Dighavapi. He built a vihara to every yojana on the road from Anuradhapura to Dighavapi. He had two sons, Lanjatissa and Thulathana.

Tissa was reborn after death in Tusita, and will be the second Chief Disciple of Metteyya Buddha. Mhv.xxii.73, 83; xxiv2ff.; xxxii.83; xxxiii.4 17; Dpv.xx 2, 4ff.

He was a very pious king, entirely devoted to the cause of religion. Various stories are mentioned about him in the Commentaries (See, e.g., Kalabuddharakkhita). He once walked five leagues to Mangana to pay his respects to Kujjatissa (q.v.) (AA.i.384f). On another occasion, he gave snipe to a novice from Kanthaka salaparivena who would, however, accept only very little. Pleased with his moderation, the king paid him great honour (AA.i.264). He seems to have been specialty fond of the monks of Cetiyagiri (See VibhA.473). He was, apparently, also known as Dhammika Tissa. Dhammika Tissa once distributed one hundred cartloads of sugar (gula) among twelve thousand monks. A seven year old novice was sent by a monk who had just come to Cetiyagiri from Anuradhapura to fetch for him some sugar, about the size of a kapittha fruit. The attendant offered to give him a plateful, but the novice refused to take so much. The king heard the conversation, and, pleased with the novice,

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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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[«previous next»] — Saddha Tissa in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Saddhā, (f.) (cp. Vedic śraddhā: see saddahati) faith (on term cp. Geiger, Saṃyutta translation II. 452) D. I, 63; III, 164 sq.; S. I, 172=Sn. 76; S. V, 196; Dh. 144; A. I, 150, 210; III, 4 sq. , 352; IV, 23; V, 96; Dhs. 12; Miln. 34 sq.; Tikp 61, 166, 277, 282.—Instr. saddhāya (used as adv.) in faith, by faith in (Acc. or Gen.) Vin. II, 289 (āyasmantānaṃ); J. V, 176 (pabbajita); PvA. 49 (kammaphalaṃ s.); or shortened to saddhā (-pabbajita) M. I, 123; A. I, 24; J. I, 130. The same phrase as saddhāya pabbajita at S. I, 120 is explained as “saddahitvā” by Bdhgh (see K. S. I. 321), thus taking it as ger.

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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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