Silava, Sīlava: 1 definition


Silava 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

1. Silava. The Bodhisatta, born as king of Benares; see the Mahasilava Jataka.

2. Silava. The Bodhisatta, born as an elephant. See the Silavanaga Jataka.

3. Silava. Son of Mangala Buddha, in his last lay life. Sivala. BuA.i.124.

4. Silava Thera: He was the son of Bimbisara (Thag.vss.608-19). His brother, Ajatasattu, wished to kill him, but failed, owing to Silavas destiny. The Buddha, discerning all this, sent Moggallana to fetch Silava. The prince, seeing the Elder, descended from his elephant and did obeisance to the Buddha. The Buddha preached to him, and he entered the Order, becoming an arahant. He lived in Kosala. Ajatasattu sent men to kill him; but Silava taught them and converted them, and they, too, entered the Order. ThagA.i.536f.

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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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