Sudhamma, Sudhammā: 1 definition



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Sudhamma. The city of birth of Sobhita Buddha. Bu.vii.16; J.i.35.

2. Sudhamma. A king, father of Sobhita Buddha. Bu. vii.16.

3. Sudhamma. The park in which Sobhita Buddha was born and in which he preached his first sermon. Bu.vii.16.

4. Sudhamma. A park in Sudhammavati City, where Sujata Buddha held his first assembly of monks. BuA.169.

5. Sudhamma Thera. He lived in Macchikasanda, in a monastery (the Ambatakarama) provided by Citta. Citta used to invite Sudhamma to his house for meals. One day Sariputta, at the head of several eminent monks, visited Macchikasanda and stayed in the monastery. Citta heard Sariputta preach (and became a sakadagamin, says DhA), and, at the end of the sermon, invited him and the monks to his house the next day. He also invited Sudhamma, but because he had been invited after the others, Sudhamma refused to go. Early the next day he visited Cittas house to see what offerings had been prepared, and after seeing them, remarked that one thing was missing: sesame cakes (tilasangulika). Then Citta rebuked him, comparing him to a crow, the offspring of a cock and a crow. Sudhamma left the house in anger, and going to Savatthi, reported the matter to the Buddha. The Buddha blamed Sudhamma and said that the Sangha should pass the patisaraniyakamma on him. Sudhamma, thereupon, went to Macchikasanda to ask pardon of Citta, but Citta would not forgive him. The Buddha then gave him a companion, and together they went to Citta, and Sudhamma again asked pardon for his fault. Citta pardoned him and asked to be pardoned himself (Vin.i.15-20; cf. DhA.ii.74ff). Later Sudhamma became an arahant. AA.i.210.

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1. Sudhamma. An aggasavika of Atthadassi Buddha. Bu.xv.20; J.i.39.

2. Sudhamma. The queen consort of Renu, king of Uttarapancala. See the Somanassa Jataka. She is identified with Mahamaya. J.i.453.

3. Sudhamma. One of the four wives of Magha. When Magha and his companions were building a rest house for travellers, they did not wish women to have any share in the work. But Sudhamma bribed the carpenter, who made a pinnacle of seasoned wood for the building and laid it aside with the words: Sudhamma nama ayam sala. When the time for the erection of the pinnacle came, he told Magha and the others that it was impossible to make a pinnacle then, as it must be of well seasoned wood. A search was started for a seasoned pinnacle. Sudhamma agreed to give hers if she were allowed a share in the building. The men were at first unwilling, but in the end gave their consent.

After death, Sudhamma, was born in Tavatimsa, and, because of her merit in the past, there came into being for her Sudhamma, the Moot Hall of the Devas, nine hundred leagues in extent (DhA.i.269f., 274f.; J.i.201f). There the Devas hold their meetings on the eighth day of each month,

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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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