Sattapanniguha, Sattapaṇṇiguhā, Sattapanniguhā, Sattapanni-guha: 2 definitions


Sattapanniguha means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A cave in Rajagaha, on the slope of Mount Vebhara. Once, when the Buddha was staying there, he gave to Ananda the opportunity of asking him to live for an eon, but Ananda, because of his un mindfulness, failed to take it (D.ii.116).

The cave was sometimes used as a residence for monks coming from afar (E.g., Vin.ii.76; iii.159).

According to the Commentaries and the Chronicle the First Council was held in a hall erected by Ajatasattu outside the Sattapanniguha. S.i.9; Sp.i.10; Mhv.iii.19; Dpv.iv.14; v.5; ThagA.i.351; the cave is not mentioned in the Vinaya account of the Council, in the eleventh chapter of the Culla Vagga.

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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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India history and geography

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Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Sattapaṇṇiguhā (सत्तपण्णिगुहा) or simply Sattapaṇṇi is the name of a cave situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—The First Buddhist Council was held at Rājagaha in the Sattapaṇṇi cave of the Vebhāra pabbata under the presidency of Mahākassapa and under the patronage of Ajātasattu (cf. Samantapāsādikā).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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