Ugga; 3 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Ugga - A banker in the time of Konagamana Buddha; he was one of the Buddhas chief lay supporters and built for him a residence, half a league in extent, on the site of the later Jetavana. J.i.94; Bu.xxiv.24.

2. Ugga - The chief minister of Pasenadi, king of Kosala (AA.ii.697). He once visited the Buddha and told him how he rivalled in power and wealth the setthi Migara, grandson of Rohana. He was worth one hundred thousand in gold alone, to say nothing of silver. The Buddha tells him that all this wealth could easily be lost in various ways, not so the seven kinds of Ariyan wealth (saddha, sila, etc.). A.iv.6-7.

3. Ugga - One of those that formed the retinue of the raja Eleyya. He was a follower of Uddaka Ramaputta, whom the king too held in veneration. A.ii.180.

4. Ugga (-Gahapati) - A householder of Hatthigama(ka) of the Vajji country. Among householders he was declared by the Buddha to be the best of those who waited on the Order (sanghupatthakanam) (A.i.26). On his fathers death he was appointed to the post of setthi. Once when the Buddha went to Hatthigama during a tour and was staying in the Nagavanuyyana there, Ugga came to the pleasance, with dancers, at the conclusion of a drinking feast of seven days duration. At the sight of the Buddha he was seized with great shame and his intoxication vanished. The Buddha preached to him and he became an anagami. Thereupon he dismissed his dancers and devoted himself to looking after members of the Sangha. Devas visited him at night and told him of the attainments of various monks, suggesting that he should choose only the eminent ones as the recipients of his gifts. But what he gave, he gave to all with equal delight (AA.i.214-5).

The Buddha once stated that Ugga was possessed of eight special and wonderful qualities. One of the monks, hearing the Buddhas statement, went to Ugga and asked him what these qualities were. Ugga replied that he was not aware of what the Buddha had in mind and proceeded to explain eight wonderful things that had happened to him, viz.:

(1) As soon as he saw the Buddha, his state of drunkenness vanished and he made obeisance to the Buddha, who talked to him on various topics, such as dana, sila, etc. (2) When the Buddha saw that Uggas mind was ready, he preached to him the Four Truths, which he understood and realised. (3) He had had four young and beautiful wives; when he took the vow of celibacy, he made ample provision for them; for one of them he obtained the husband of her choice, because she so desired, and this he did with no tinge of jealousy. (4) All his immense wealth he shared with men of good and lovely conduct. (5) On whatever monk he waited, he did it with whole heartedness; to the monks preaching he listened earnestly; if the monk did not preach, Ugga himself taught him the doctrine.

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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Pali-English dictionary

ugga : (adj.) 1. huge; 2. fierce; 3. mighty; 4. rising.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Ugga, 2 = uggamana, in aruṇ-ugga sunrise Vin. IV, 272. (Page 126)

2) Ugga, 1 (adj.) (Vedic ugra, from ukṣati, weak base of vakṣ as in vakṣana, vakṣayati = Gr. a)vέcw, Goth. wahsjan “to wax”, also Lat. augeo & P. oja) mighty, huge, strong, fierce, grave, m. a mighty or great person, noble lord D. I, 103; S. I, 51 = VvA. 116 (uggateja “the fiery heat”); J. IV, 496; V, 452 (°teja); VI, 490 (+ rājaputtā, expld. with etymologising effort as uggatā paññātā by C.); Miln. 331; DhA. II, 57 (°tapa); Sdhp. 286 (°daṇḍa), 304 (id.). ‹-› Cp. sam°. As Np. at Vism. 233 & J. I, 94.

—putta a nobleman, mighty lord S. I, 185 (“high born warrior” trsl.); J. VI, 353 (= amacca-putta C.); Th. 1, 1210. (Page 126)

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