Tissamahanaga: 1 definition
Tissamahanaga 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Tissamahanaga Thera Tissamahanaga Thera
A monk of Kutumbiya Vihara. Having heard the Satipatthana Sutta from Tissa Thera of Ambalena, he was on his way back when he met a wild elephant. By his virtue the elephant was subdued and Tissamahanaga took shelter from a storm under the elephants body. There he developed arahantship. He then went to Viyolaka Vihara with the elephant, and for thirty years the animal waited on him.
After death the monks remains were cremated at Kutumbiya Vihara, and the elephant participated in the celebrations. Ras.ii.185f.
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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