Theraputtabhaya, Theraputtābhaya: 1 definition


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

One of the ten chief warriors of Dutthagamani. His personal name was Abhaya. His father was the headman of the village Kitti in Rohana, and Theraputtabhaya, when sixteen, wielded a club thirty eight inches round and sixteen cubits long. He was therefore sent to Kakavannatissas court. Abhayas father was a supporter of Mahasumma and, having heard a discourse from him, became a Sotapanna, entered the Order and soon afterwards became an arahant. His son, thereupon, came to be called Theraputtabhaya (Mhv.xxiii.2, 63ff). At the end of Dutthagamanis campaigns, Abhaya took leave of the king and joined the Order, became an arahant, and lived with five hundred other arahants (Mhv.xxvi.2). When Dutthagamani lay on his deathbed Abhaya visited him and gladdened his heart by reminding him of the works of great merit he had done (Mhv.xxxii.48ff).

In a previous birth he had given milk rice to monks, hence his great strength (MT.453).

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The Rasavahini (ii.92f.) contains a story of his youth when he was a novice in Kappakandara vihara. Gothayimbara visited the place and ate the coconuts, throwing the husks about. The novice beat him soundly.

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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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