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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Saranankara. The Buddha who appeared in the world immediately before Dipankara. Bu.xxvii.1; J.i.44; MA.i.188.

2. Saranankara Thera. An eminent monk of Ceylon. Narindasiha, attracted by his piety and learning, gave him, while yet a samanera, a reliquary studded with seven hundred jewels and numerous books, and also made provision for his maintenance. At the instance of the king, Saranankara composed the Saratthasangraha and Singhalese Commentaries on the Mahabodhivamsa and the Bhessajjamanjusa (Cv.xcvii.48ff).

When Vijayarajasiha came to the throne, Saranankara lived in the Uposatharama and composed, at the kings request, a Singhalese Commentary on the Catubhanavara (Cv.xcviii.23f). In the reign of Kittisirirajasiha he carried out, with the kings help, many reforms among the monks, adopting strong measures against delinquents. He was also instrumental in persuading the king to send an embassy to King Dhammika of Siam (Saminda) in order to obtain from there a chapter of monks for the re establishment of the upasampada in Ceylon. When this had been done, the king invested Saranankara with the dignity of Sangharaja over Ceylon. Cv.c.49ff;101ff.

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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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