Sanghabodhi, aka: Saṅghabodhi; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A Lambakanna, king of Ceylon (307-9 A.C.), generally called Sirisanghabodhi. He succeeded Sanghatissa and set up a salaka house in the Mahavihara. He was a very good king, and made rain fall by virtue of his goodness. He quelled the Yakkha Rattakkhi, who devastated his territory. When his treasurer, Gothakabhaya, rose in revolt, he abdicated in his favour and became an ascetic. Later, he gave his head in gratitude to a poor man who gave him a meal, so that the man could win from the king the price which had been set on his head. (Mhv.xxxvi.73ff.; Dpv.xxii.53f ).

The legend of the king surrendering his head is famous in Ceylon, and forms the theme of a Pali Chronicle, the Hatthavanagallaviharavamsa.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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