Tagarasikhi, Tagarasikhī, Tagarashikhi: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

A Pacceka Buddha (M.iii.69; ApA.i.106), third among the five hundred sons of Padumavati, all of whom became Pacceka Buddhas. Suppabuddha, a banker of Rajagaha, having seen the Pacceka Buddha on his way to a park, spoke insultingly to him, and, as a result, was born as a leper in this birth. (Ud.v.3; UdA.291; DhA. (ii.36) says Suppabuddha spat on the Pacceka Buddha).

The Samyutta Nikaya (i.92f; SA.i.126f; also J.iii.299f and MT.597) contains the story of a man who often met Tagarasikhi begging for alms. One day, being attracted by him, he asked his wife to give him a meal and went on his way. His wife prepared excellent food and gave it to Tagarasikhi. The husband met Tagarasikhi on his way back to the town, and seeing the excellence of the food, was displeased with his wifes generosity, thinking to himself that it were better that slaves and workmen should have eaten the food. As a result, he was born as a very rich setthi in Savatthi, but was never able to enjoy his wealth, and died intestate, all his possessions passing to the royal treasury.

The Dhammapada Commentary (iv.77f) calls him Aputtaka. It has been suggested (Bud. India, p.31) that the Tagara in Tagarasikhi was the name of a place, perhaps the modern Ter.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tagarasikhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Tagaraśikhi (तगरशिखि).—(n) , (Pali °sikhi, a Paccekabuddha), (1) name of a former Buddha: °khiṃ, acc., and °khir, n., Mahāvastu iii.233.7 (prose); read Tagāra° with best ms. (ā m.c.) Lalitavistara 172.12 (verse); (2) name of a pratyekabuddha: °khī Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 57.18; 58.1; 68.9; 70.2. Is (1) really the same as (2) ? Hardly in Mahāvastu, where he is predicted by an earlier Buddha and predicts the next one.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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