Silakala, Silākāla: 1 definition

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Silakala 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Lambakanna, son of Dathapabhuti. He fled to Jambudipa, through fear of Kassapa I., and became a monk in the Bodhimanda vihara. There, because of a mango which he presented to the community, he came to be known as Ambasamanera.

In the time of Moggallana I., he brought the Buddhas Hair Relic to Ceylon and was greatly honoured by the king. Silakala returned to the lay life, and Moggallana appointed him sword bearer to the relic - hence his name, Asiggahaka Silakala.

He married the kings sister and also the daughter of Upatissa III. He then returned to the Malaya district, where he rebelled against Upatissa. He defeated the kings son, Kassapa, who committed suicide, and when Upatissa died of grief, Silakala became king under the name of Ambasamanera Silakala, ruling for thirteen years (524-37 A.C.).

He had three sons: Moggallana, Dathapabhuti and Upatissa. Cv.xxxix. 44, 55; xli.10ff.

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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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