Upavatta: 2 definitions


Upavatta 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The sala grove of the Mallas of Kusinara, on the further side of the Hirannavati. This was the last resting place of the Buddha on his last tour, and here he passed away, lying on a bed placed between two sala trees (D.ii.137ff; Dpv.xv.70).

Here Subhadda visited the Buddha in the earlier part of the last night of his life, was converted and gained admission into the Order, afterwards winning arahantship. (See also DhA.iii.377). It was here, too, that the Buddha asked the monks if they had any doubts they wished to hear solved regarding the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, magga and patipada, or any questions they wished to ask (A.ii.79), and here he gave his last admonition to the monks (S.i.157; see also Ud.37f). Ananda tried to persuade him to die in a place of greater importance, and the Buddha, in order to disabuse his mind, preached to him the Maha Sudassana Sutta (D.ii.169f).

Buddhaghosa says (DA.ii.572f) that the road to the sala grove from the Hirannavati led from the further bank of the river, like the road from the Kadambanadi to the Thuparama in Anuradhapura which led through the Rajamatu vihara. The row of sala trees stretched from south to east and then continued to the north (like the chief street in Anuradhapura). Hence the name Upavattana. The grove was to the southwest of Kusinara. UdA.238.

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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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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

upavattana : (adj.) existing near.

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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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