Satimattiya: 1 definition



Satimattiya 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Satimattiya in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

He belonged to a brahmin family of Magadha and, after entering the Order, lived in the forest and developed the six fold abhinna. Thereupon he instructed monks and preached to large numbers of lay people. One family in particular he converted to the Faith, and in that family he was waited on respectfully by a beautiful girl. Mara, wishing to disgrace him, once went to the house disguised as the Elder, and grasped the girls hand. But she, feeling that the touch was not human, took her hand away. The others, however, saw this and lost faith in the Thera. He, all unconscious, was aware next day of their changed manner. Discerning the work of Mara, he made them tell him what had happened. The father begged his forgiveness, and said that henceforth he himself would wait on the Elder (ThagA.i.368 f.; verses ascribed to him are found in Thag.246 8).

The Thera is evidently identical with Sumanatalavantiya of the Apadana (Ap.ii.408). Ninety four kappas ago he met Siddhattha Buddha and offered him a palmyra fan (talavanta) covered with sumana flowers.

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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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