Sudassana, Sudassanā: 4 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Sudassana. The city of birth of Sumedha Buddha. J.i.37, 38; Bu.xii.18.

2. Sudassana. A monastery in Rammanagam where Dipankara Buddha lived. J.i.11; DhA.i.69.

3. Sudassana. Younger brother and Aggasavaka of Sujata Buddha. J.i.38; Bu.xiii.25; BuA.169.

4. Sudassana. A park, at the gates of which Sujata Buddha performed his Twin Miracle (BuA.168) before going to Tusita.

5. Sudassana. The horse ridden by Atthadassi Buddha when he left the world. BuA.178.

6. Sudassana. The city where Atthadassi Buddha preached to the Bodhisatta. BuA.180.

7. Sudassana. Father of Piyadassi Buddha (BuA.172); but see Sudatta (9).

8. Sudassana. A palace occupied by Dhammadassi Buddha (Bu.xvi.14; BuA.182) in his last lay life; from this palace he left the world.

9. Sudassana. A pleasance in Subhavati where Anomadassi Buddha preached his first sermon. BuA.143.

10. Sudassana. A city where Sobhita Buddha performed his Yamaka patihariya under the cittapatali; King Jayasena built for him there a vihara one league in extent. BuA.138.

11. Sudassana. The city in which Narada Buddha died. Bu.x.33.

12. Sudassana. A palace occupied by Revata Buddha before his renunciation.

13. Sudassana. A palace in Renuvati occupied by Vimala (7). Ap.i.61.

14. Sudassana. A deva king of Sudassana pabbata who was a heretic. Piyadassi Buddha visited him, refuted his views, and converted him with his ninety crores of followers. Bu.xiv.4f.; BuA.173.

15. Sudassana. A setthi whose daughter gave a meal of milk rice to Vipassi Buddha. BuA.195.

16. Sudassana. A nigama where the daughter of Piyadassi setthi gave milk rice to Sikhi Buddha. BuA.201.

17. Sudassana. A king of Sarabbavati. He was the Bodhisatta in the time of Vessabhu Buddha. He later renounced his kingdom and became a monk. Bu.xxii.11; BuA.207; J.i.42.

18. Sudassana. A city near Isipatana where Konagamana Buddha preached (BuA.214). Sudassana was an old name for Benares. See J.iv.119; v.177.

19. Sudassana. A king of seventy one kappas ago; a previous birth of Ekasankhiya Thera. Ap.ii.391.

20. Sudassana. One of the disciples of Padumuttara Buddha. He was declared eminent among those who possessed Luck. It was his example which inspired Sivali to wish for similar honour. Ap.ii.493.

21. Sudassana. A park keeper of Dhannavati; he gave grass to Narada Buddha for his seat. BuA.151.

22. Sudassana. Thirty four kappas ago there were four kings of this name, previous births of Madhupindika Thera. Ap.i.137.

23. Sudassana. A garland maker of Hamsavati. He gave a jasmine garland to Padumuttara Buddha. He was a former birth of Mutthipupphiya Thera. Ap.i.142; cf. ThagA.i.127.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Sudassana (सुदस्सन) (son of Mahāpanāda and father of Mahāsudassana) is the name of an ancient king from the Solar dynasty (sūryavaṃśa) and a descendant of Mahāsaṃmata, according to the Mahābuddhavaṃsa or Maha Buddhavamsa (the great chronicle of Buddhas) Anudīpanī chapter 1, compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw. These twenty-eight kings were of long lives of asaṅkhyeyya (asaṃkhyeya) years. The twenty-seven kings [viz., Sudassana] after Mahāsammata were his descendants. Some of these twenty-eight kings reigned in Kusavatī City, others in Rājagaha and still others in Mithilā.

Sudassana is possibly identified with Sudarśana according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra, an encyclopedic work on Buddhism written by Nāgārjuna.

India history and geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Sudassana is another name for Benares (viz., Bārāṇasī), the capital of Kāsī: one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—In the Aṅguttara Nikāya Kāsī is included in the list of sixteen Mahājanapadas. Its capital was Bārāṇasī (mod. Benares) which had other names as well, viz. Surundhana, Sudassana, Brahmavaddhana, Pupphavatī, Ramma and Molinī. The extent of the city is mentioned as 12 yojanas whereas Mithilā and Indapatta were each only seven leagues in extent.

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context information

The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sudassana in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sudassana : (adj.) having a good appearance.

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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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