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Uraga Sutta 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Uraga Sutta - The first sutta of the Sutta Nipata. It was preached at the Aggalava Cetiya in Alavi. The Alavaka monks cut down trees to build new houses for themselves, and one of them in felling a tree which was the abode of a tree sprite hurt her childs hand. Though sorely tempted to kill the monk on the spot, the sprite checked herself and made complaint to the Buddha, who asked her to occupy another tree (SnA.i.3f; the story is also given in Vin.iv.34 and in DhA.iii.229f). The first stanza of the sutta was preached to the devata. The Sutta Nipata Commentary (SnA.i.15ff) gives the occasions on which the other stanzas were preached. Buddhaghosa says (Sp.iv.761) that the devata mentioned above took up her residence in Jetavana, on a spot indicated to her by the Buddha, and had, therefore, the privilege of listening to the Buddhas sermons at close quarters, even when there were great assemblies of the devas present and less powerful devas, like herself, had generally to yield place to the more powerful. She could not be dislodged from the place appointed to her by the Buddha.

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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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