Uggatasarira, Uggatasarīra: 1 definition


Uggatasarira 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Mahasala brahmin, so called because he was tall in person and eminent in wealth (AA.ii.714). Having made preparations for a great sacrifice, in which numerous animals were to be slaughtered, he visited the Buddha at Jetavana to consult him as to the efficacy of the sacrifice. Three times he told the Buddha that he had heard that the laying down (adhana) of the fire and the setting up (ussapana) of the sacrificial post bore great fruit. Three times the Buddha agreed that it was so, and Uggatasarira was about to conclude that the Buddha approved of his sacrifice, when Ananda intervened and suggested that the Buddha should be asked to explain his meaning and to give his advice as to the efficacy of the sacrifice. The Buddha thereupon declared that there were three fires to be cast off: raga, dosa and moha; and three fires that should be honoured: ahuneyyaggi, gahapataggi and dakkhineyyaggi. The ahuneyyaggi was represented by the parents; the gahapata, by wife, children, servants and retainers; the dakkhineyya, by holy men and recluses.

At the end of the discourse, Uggatasarira became a convert to the Buddhas faith and set free the animals destined for the sacrifice. A.iv.41-6.

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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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