Suvannatilaka, Suvannatilakā: 1 definition

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Suvannatilaka 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)

[«previous next»] — Suvannatilaka in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A candala maiden of Uttara Madhura. She was very beautiful, and was so called because she had a golden mole between her breasts. When the king heard that she wanted to marry a man of high lineage he challenged her to win Uddala of Pancamadhura who hated women. She accepted the challenge and went with her father. On the way seven kings offered to marry her, but she refused them. Uddala fell in love with her at sight and lived with her for four months, neglecting all his duties. His pupils were enraged and killed Suvannatilaka. He thereupon jumped into her pyre.

In her last life Suvannatilaka had been born in Anuradhapura. One day she went with her mother to Abhayuttaracetiya, and, when her mother went to fetch water to wash the altar, Suvannatilaka offered the flowers without waiting. The mother was angry and called her candali. Suvannatilaka retorted, saying, You are the candali, not I. This was why she became a candali. Ras.i.74f.

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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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