Uppala, Uppalā: 4 definitions



Uppala means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Uppala - A Pacceka Buddha mentioned in the Isigili Sutta. M.iii.70.

2. Uppala - One of the yakkhas who guarded Jotiyas palace. He had two thousand followers. DhA.iv.209.

3. Uppala - Father of the warrior Ummada Phussadeva. Mhv.xxiii.82.

4. Uppala (Uppalaka) - A Niraya (S.i.152; Sn.p.126). Buddhaghosa says (SnA.ii.476f; see also A.v.173), however, that it is not a special hell, but the name of a period of suffering in hell.

5. Uppala - One of the treasure troves that rose up from the earth on the day of the Bodhisattas birth. It was three gavutas in extent. DA.i.284.

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One of the chief women supporters of Anomadassi Buddha. Bu.viii.24.

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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 geography

Source: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Uppala or Doṇuppala is the name of a tank (vāpī) that existed in the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—A tank named Doṇuppalavāpi or Uppalavāpi is mentioned in the Commentaries. (There was another vihāra name Ekadoraya in the Kurunāgala district). (also see Pācīnapabbata)

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

uppala : (nt.) waterlily.

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

Uppala, (Sk. utpala, uncertain etym. ) the (blue) lotus; a waterlily. The 7 kinds of lotuses, mentioned at J. V, 37 are: nīla-ratta-set-uppala, ratta-seta-paduma, seta-kumuda, kalla-hāra.—D. I, 75; II, 19; Vin. III, 33 (°gandha); J. II, 443; Dh. 55; Vv 322; 354; Pv. II, 120; III, 105; DhA. I, 384 (nīl°); III, 394 (id.); ThA. 254, 255; VvA. 132, 161. ‹-› What is meant by uppala-patta (lotus-leaf?) at Vin. IV, 261? (Page 152)

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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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