Suppavasa Koliyadhita, aka: Suppavāsā-koliyadhītā; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Mother of Sivali. Before he was born, she lay for seven days in labour suffering great pain, and it was not till the Buddha blessed her that she was able to bring forth the child. It is said that the child was seven years in her womb, and the reason for this is given in the Asatarupa Jataka.

Suppavasa was the daughter of the raja of Koliya (J.i.407). Her husband was the Licchavi Mahali, (Ap.ii.494,vs.28; but see AA.i.244, where her husband is described as a Sakiyan noble) and she lived in the Koliyan village of Sajjanela, where the Buddha visited her and preached to her on the efficacy of giving food (A.ii.62f). She was described by the Buddha as foremost among those who gave excellent alms (aggam panitadayikanam) (A.i.26), an eminence which she had earnestly resolved to attain in the time of Padumuttara Buddha (AA.i.244).

She is included in a list of eminent upasikas (A.iv.348), and is mentioned with Anathapindika, Culla Anathapindika and Visakha, as givers of gifts which were gladly accepted by the monks. DhA.i.339; in this context she is spoken of as living in Savatthi; this was probably after Mahali went to live there; cf. DhA.iv.193f.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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