Somanassa, Somanassā: 6 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Somanassa. A king of Videha, who is credited with having founded the city of Mithila., 51.

2. Somanassa. The Bodhisatta born as the son of Renu, king of Uttarapancala. See the Somanassa Jataka.

3. Somanassa. A Pacceka Buddha. Once, when the Buddha was staying at Indasalaguha in Vediyakapabbata, an owl became fond of him, and even when he went for alms would accompany him half way, wait for his return, and then go back with him. One day when the Buddha was seated in the assembly of monks, the owl descended from its rock and worshipped him by lowering its wings, putting together its claws and bending its head.

The Buddha, seeing this, smiled, and said, in answer to Anandas question, that one hundred thousand kappas hence the bird would become a Pacceka Buddha, Somanassa by name. MA.i.255f.; KhpA.151.

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. Wife of Siddhattha Buddha before his renunciation. BuA.185; but Bu.xvii. calls her Sumana.

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

Somanassa is mental pleasure or pleasant feeling in mind.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

lit 'glad-minded-ness' (su+manas+ya), gladness, joy; identical with 'mentally agreeable feeling' (cetasikā sukhā vedanā), belongs to the feeling-group (vedanā-kkhandha, s. khandha II), and is enumerated amongst the 22 faculties (indriya, q.v.).

It may or may not be associated with karmically wholesome consciousness (s. Tab. I. 1-4, 9-12, 18-21), with karmically unwholesome consciousness (greedy c. ib. 22-25), and with karmically neutral consciousness (ib. 40, 42-45, 57-60, 66-69, 72-76. 81-84), -

Somanassa is not identical with pīti (q.v.).

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

pleasant feeling;

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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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

somanassa : (nt.) joy; delight; happiness.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Somanassa, (nt.) (fr. su+mano; cp. domanassa) mental ease, happiness, joy D. I, 3; II, 278; III, 270; M. I, 85, 313; S. IV, 232; A. II, 69; III, 207, 238; Dh. 341; Sn. 67; Pug. 59; VbhA. 73; PvA. 6, 14, 133; DA. I, 53; it is more than sukha D. II, 214; defined at Vism. 461 (iṭṭh’ārammaṇ’‹-› ânubhavana-lakkhaṇaṃ, etc.). A syn. of it is veda 1. On term see also Cpd. 277.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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