Sumitta, Sumittā: 3 definitions



Sumitta means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

1. Sumitta. An Ajivaka who gave grass for his seat to Padumuttara Buddha. BuA.158.

2. Sumitta. Son of Sumedha Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.xii.20; BuA.160 calls him Punabbasumitta.

3. Sumitta. Brother of Sambahula and king of Amaranagara; he entered the Order and became the aggasavaka of Siddhattha Buddha. Bu.xvii.18; J.i.40; BuA.186.

4. Sumitta. A king of one hundred and thirty kappas ago; a previous birth of Nagita (Atthasandassaka) Thera (ThagA.i.184; Ap.i.168). See Sukhitta.

5. Sumitta. A sage of Kasi, a former birth of Maha Kassapa; his wife was Bhadda Kapilani. Ap.ii.582.

6. Sumitta. Younger brother of Vijaya and son of Sihabahu. His wife, Citta, was the daughter of the Madda King. He reigned in Sihapura, and was invited by Vijaya to Ceylon to succeed to the throne; but he sent, instead, his son Panduvasudeva. He had two other sons.; viii.2, 6, 10.

7. Sumitta Thera. He was the younger son of Kuntikinnari. He was ordained, with his brother Tissa, by Mahavaruna and attained to arahantship. Tissa died from the bite of a venomous insect because it proved impossible to get any ghee, though Sumitta went about seeking for some. Sumitta died, while walking in meditation in the Cankama hall, in the eighth year of Asokas reign. Mhv.v.213-27.

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1. Sumitta. One of the five daughters of Vijayabahu I. and Tilokasandari. She married Jayabahu. Cv.lix.31, 43.

2. Sumitta. Yasodhara (Rahulamata) in a previous birth. Ap.ii.587.

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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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India history and geography

Source: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka

Vijaya and Sumitta were the sons of Simhabahu. Vijaya and his 700 followers were of evil conduct. King Simhabahu ordered to put them on ship and sent them forth upon the sea. Seemingly, Vijaya landed on the banks of Tamraparni River in Sri Lanka. He successfully encountered Yakshas and married Kuvanna, a Yakshini. Thus, King Vijaya defeated the Yakshas of Sirishavatthu city and founded his Tamraparni kingdom. Dipavamsa mentions that King Vijaya invited his younger brother Sumitta from Gujarat to take over the reins of Sri Lanka. Mahavamsa says that Panduvasudeva, the son of Sumitta succeeded King Vijaya. Dipavamsa is older than Mahavamsa.

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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

Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Sumitta (सुमित्त) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Sumitra.

2) Sumittā (सुमित्ता) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Sumitrā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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