Sirima, aka: Sirimā, Shirima; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Sirima Thera. He was born in the family of a householder of Savatthi and was called Sirima on account of the unfailing success of his family. His younger brother was Sirivaddha. They were both present when the Buddha accepted Jetavana, and, struck by his majesty, they entered the Order. Sirivaddha, though possessed of no special attainments, received great honour from the laity and recluses, but Sirima was little honoured. Nevertheless, exercising calm and insight, he soon won arahantship. Ordinary monks and novices continued to disparage him, and the Thera had to blame them for their faulty judgment. Sirivaddha, agitated by this, himself became an arahant.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha, before the Buddhas appearance in the world, Sirima was an ascetic, named Devala, with a large following, and, having learnt the power of the Buddha through a study of the science of prognostication, he built a sand thupa, to which he paid homage in the name of past Buddhas. The Buddha was born in the world, his birth being accompanied by various omens. The ascetic showed these to his pupils, and, having made them eager to see the Buddha, died, and was reborn in the Brahma world. Later, he appeared before them, inspiring them to greater exertions (Thag.vss. 159-60; ThagA.i.279f).

He is evidently identical with Pulinuppadaka Thera of the Apadana. Ap.ii.426.

2. Sirima. Mother of Sumana Buddha. Her husband was Sudatta. Bu.v.21; J.i.34.

3. Sirima. Mother of Phussa Buddha and wife of Jayasena. Bu.xix.14; J.i.41.

4. Sirima. A lay woman, one of the chief patrons of Revata Buddha.

5. Sirima. Wife of Anomadassi Buddha before his renunciation. Bu.viii.19.

6. Sirima. One of the chief lay women supporters of Sumedha Buddha. Bu.xii.25.

7. Sirima. One of the chief lay women supporters of Dipankara Buddha. Bu.ii.215.

8. Sirima. One of the chief lay women supporters of Vipassi Buddha. Bu.xx.30.

9. Sirima. One of the chief lay women supporters of Vessabhu Buddha. Bu.xxii.25.

10. Sirima. One of the palaces occupied by Vipassi Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.xx.24.

11. Sirima. One of the palaces occupied by Mangala Buddha in his last lay life. BuA.116.

12. Sirima. A courtesan of Rajagaha and younger sister of Jivaka. She was once employed by Uttara (Nandamata) to take her place with her husband (Sumana) while Uttara herself went away in order to indulge in acts of piety. During this time Sirima tried to injure Uttara, on account of a misunderstanding, but on realizing her error, she begged forgiveness both of Uttara, and, at the latters suggestion, of the Buddha. (The details of this incident are given Uttara Nandamata.) At the conclusion of a sermon preached by the Buddha in Uttaras house, Sirima became a sotapanna.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
context information

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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Marathi-English dictionary

śirīma (शिरीम).—m n A mild form of leprosy, showing itself in whitish discolorations. v phuṭa, pasara.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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