Thupa, Thūpa: 3 definitions


Thupa means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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.

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India history and geography

Source: Wikipedia: India History

Thupa is synonymous with Stupa: an outstanding type of architectural creation of ancient Sri Lanka. Under the influence of Buddhism, there were several changes in the field of architecture in Sri Lanka. The stupa commands a prominent place among these changes.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

thūpa : (m.) a tope; pagoda; a cairn; a monument erected over the ashes of a holy person.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Thūpa, (Vedic stūpa, crown of the head, top, gable; cp. Gr. stu/pos (handle, stalk). Oicel. stūfr (stump), to *steud as in tudati) a stupa or tope, a bell-shaped pile of earth, a mound, tumulus, cairn; dome, esp. a monument erected over the ashes of an Arahant (otherwise called dhātugabbha=dāgaba), or on spots consecrated as scenes of his acts. In general as tomb: Vin. IV, 308; J. III, 156 (mattika°)=Pv. I, 84; in special as tope: D. II, 142, 161, 164 sq.; A. I, 77; M. II, 244; J. V, 39 (rajata°); VvA. 156 (Kassapassa bhagavato dvādasayojanikaṃ kanaka°); Ud. 8; Pv III, 105. Four people are thūpârahā, worthy of a tope, viz. a Tathāgata, a Tathāgatasāvaka, a Paccekabuddha, a Cakkavattin D. II, 143= A. II, 245.—At Dpvs VI, 65 th. is to be corrected into dhūpaṃ. (Page 309)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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