Tissamahavihara, aka: Tissamahāvihāra, Tissamaha-vihara; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A monastery in Rohana, founded by Kakavanna Tissa (Mhv.xxii.23). It was also called Tissarama (Mhv.xxii.28). It was one of the chief monastic establishments in Ceylon and was a place of pilgrimage. Some of the Sinhalese chronicles mention that Kakavanna Tissa built another vihara of the same name on the east coast of Ceylon, at the place now known as Seruvila, where the Buddhas frontal bone is deposited. The Mahameghavanarama is also sometimes called the Tissamaharama (E.g., Mhv.xx.25), and Tissarama (Mhv.xv.174, 179, 203). Dappula gave to the Tissamaha vihara the village of Kattikapabbata (Cv.xiv.59).

Buddhaghosa says (DA.ii.581) that in his time all monks living in Ceylon, south of the Mahavalukanadi, assembled there twice a year, on the first and last day of the vassa.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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India history and geogprahy

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Tissamahāvihāra (तिस्समहाविहार) or simply Tissamahā is the name of a temple (vihāra) as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Tissamahā-vihāra (cf. Mahāvaṃsa) was located in South Ceylon, north-east of Hambantoṭa.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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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