Sanghatissa, aka: Saṅghatissa; 1 Definition(s)


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1. Sanghatissa. A Lambakanna who became king of Ceylon (303 7 A.C.) after slaying Vijayakumara. He set up a parasol on the Maha Thupa and did other works of merit. Having heard from the Thera Mahadeva of Damahalaka of the merits of giving rice gruel, he arranged for a regular distribution of it. He used to visit Pacinadipaka in order to eat jambu fruits there, and the people, annoyed by his visits, poisoned him. He was succeeded by Sanghabodhi. Mhv.xxxvi.58ff.; Dpv.xxii.48f.

2. Sanghatissa. Called Asiggaha. He succeeded Aggabodhi II. as king of Ceylon (611 13 A.C.). Moggallana (afterwards Moggallana III.) rose against him, and Anuradhapura was deserted by the people. Sanghatissa was once forced to eat food prepared for the monks at the Mahapali. His Senapati proved treacherous, the king was defeated in battle and was forced to flee to Merumajjara. From there he went to Veluvana, where, at the suggestion of the monks, he put on yellow robes and went towards Rohana with his son and minister. He was, however, recognized and taken captive at Manihira, brought to Sihagiri, and beheaded at the command of Moggallana. His son asked to be beheaded before him, and his request was granted; his minister was also beheaded, because he refused to leave his king. Sanghatissa had another son, Jetthatissa. Cv.xliv.1ff.; see Cv.Trs.i.74, n.1.

3. Sanghatissa. A viceroy (uparaja) of Aggabodhi IV. He built the Uparajaka parivena. Cv.xlvi.24.

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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