Samindavisaya, Sāmindavisaya: 1 definition

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Samindavisaya 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Pali name for Siam. There was very close relationship between Ceylon and Siam from the middle ages. For details see J.R.A.S. (Ceylon) xxxii.190ff.

When Buddhism fell on evil days in Ceylon, the kings of that Island turned to Siam for help in the restoration of the Faith. Kittisirirajasiha obtained copies of the Mahavamsa from Siam and completed the chronicle down to his day (Cv.xcix.78f). With the help of the Olanda (Dutch), he sent an embassy to Ayojjha - capital of Dhammika, king of Siam - asking that a chapter of monks might be sent to Ceylon. Ten monks were sent, with Upali and Ariyamuni at their head, together with many books and other gifts. The monks took up their residence in the Puppharama in Sirivaddhanapura (Kandy), and, under the kings patronage, the ceremony of ordination was held on the 2296th year after the Buddhas death, on the full moon day of Ashalha.

Some time later, Dhammika again sent a chapter led by Visuddhacariya and Varananamuni. As a token of his gratitude, Kittisirirajasiha sent to Dhammika a model of the Buddhas Tooth Relic in Kandy, together with various other gifts. Dhammika returned his courtesy by sending various books not to be found in Ceylon, a replica of the Buddhas footprint found on the Saccabaddha Mountain, etc. Cv.c.63ff., 136 ff.

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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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