Sumagava, Sumāgavā: 1 definition


Sumagava means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Sumagava or Sumagadha.—A lotus pond near Rajagaha. The Samyutta Nikaya mentions the Buddha as relating the story of a man who went to Sumagadha with the thought, I will speculate about the world. He saw an army, with its four divisions, enter a lotus stalk. He then thought he must be mad and told everyone so. The Buddha explained that what the man had seen was real; it was an Asura army, fleeing from the devas in panic, through a lotus stalk (S.v.447f.; cf. Ramayana i.34).

Near the pond was the Moranivapa, and within walking distance was the Paribbajakarama in Queen Udumbarikas park. The Buddha was walking about in the open air near Sumagadha, just before he preached the Udumbarikasihanada Sutta. D.iii.40.

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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