Samiddhi: 6 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Samiddhi Thera. He belonged to a householders family of Rajagaha. From the time of his birth his family prospered, and he himself was happy and good, hence his name. He was present at the meeting between the Buddha and Bimbisara, and was so impressed thereby that he joined the Order. Once, while he was at the Tapodarama musing on his good fortune as a monk, Mara tried to terrify him. Samiddhi told the Buddha of this, but the Buddha asked him to stay on where he was. He obeyed, and soon afterwards won arahantship. He then declared his anna in a verse (Thag.vs.46), and Mara retired discomfited. This episode is also given at S.i.119 f, but the place mentioned is not the Tapodarama, but Silavati.

In the past he met Siddhattha Buddha, to whom he gave some flowers with stalks, which he picked with the help of his bow and arrow. Fifty one kappas ago he was a king named Jutindhara (ThagA.i.117f). He is probably identical with Salalamaliya of the Apadana (Ap.i.206).

Once when Samiddhi was drying himself after bathing in the Tapoda, a Deva approached and questioned him on the Bhaddekaratta Sutta. Samiddhi confessed ignorance, and the Deva asked him to learn it from the Buddha. This he did from a brief sermon preached to him by the Buddha, which Maha Kaccana later enlarged into the Maha Kaccana Bhaddekaratta Sutta (q.v.) (M.iii.192f). A conversation between Potaliputta and Samiddhi, three years after the latter had joined the Order, led to the preaching of the Mahakammavibhanga Sutta (q.v. ) (M.iii.207). In the sutta the Buddha speaks of Samiddhi as moghapurisa, and Samiddhi is also teased by Potaliputta for pretending to expound the Dhamma after being only three years in the Order. According to the Anguttara Commentary (AA.ii.799), Samiddhi was a pupil (saddhiviharika) of Sariputta, and the Anguttara (A.iv.385f ) contains a record of a lesson given by Sariputta to Samiddhi regarding sankappavitakkas. See also the Samiddhi Jataka and the Samiddhi Sutta (2).

2. Samiddhi. See Samiddhisumana.

3. Samiddhi. A brahmin of Savatthi, father of Punnamasa Thera. ThagA.i.53.

4. Samiddhi. A brahmin of Nalaka, father of Mahagavaccha Thera. ThagA.i.57.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

samiddhi : (f.) success; prosperity.

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

Samiddhi, (f.) (fr. samijjhati) success, prosperity Dh. 84; S. I, 200. (Page 686)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Samiddhi (समिद्धि).—[feminine] burning, flaming.

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Samiddhi in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Samiddhi (समिद्धि) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Samṛddhi.

2) Sāmiddhī (सामिद्धी) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Samṛddhi.

context information

Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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