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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Sonuttara Thera. An arahant. He lived in the Puja parivena in the Mahavihara and was entrusted by Dutthagamani with the task of finding relics for the Maha Thupa. In the time of the Buddha he had been the brahmin Nanduttara, and had entertained the Buddha on the occasion on which, at Payagatittha, Bhaddaji Thera had raised, from the bed of the Ganges, the palace he had occupied as Mahapanada. Filled with marvel, Nanduttara wished that he might have the power of procuring relics possessed by others. Sonuttara visited the Manjerika naga bhavana and asked the Naga king, Mahakala, to give him the relics which he had there and which had once been enshrined in Ramagama. But Mahakala, unwilling to part with them, told his nephew, Vasuladatta, to hide them. Sonuttara knew this, and when Mahakala told him he might take the relics if he could find them, Sonuttara, by his magic power, took the relic casket from Vasuladatta, unknown to him, and brought it to Anuradhapura, where the relics were deposited in the Maha Thupa. Mhv.xxxi.4-74.

2. Sonuttara. A brahmin of Kajangala, father of Nagasena Thera. Mil.8.

3. Sonuttara. The name given to the princes of Suvannabhumi (q.v.) after the visit of Sona and Uttara to that country. Mhv.xii.54.

4. Sonuttara. The horse on which Tissa Buddha left the household life. BuA.189.

5. Sonuttara. Devadatta born as a hunter. See the Chaddanta Jataka.

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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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