Vaddhamana, aka: Vaḍḍhamāna, Vaddhamāna; 3 Definition(s)


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1. Vaddhamana Thera. An arahant. He belonged to a Licchavi rajas family in Vesali and was a devoted follower of the Buddha, delighting in waiting upon him and in making gifts to the monks. Later, because of an offence he had committed, the Buddha passed on him the sentence of pattanikkujjana. He was much grieved and begged the forgiveness of the Sangha, and, because of his agitation, he renounced the world and joined the Order. But he was given up to sloth and torpor, till the Buddha admonished him in a verse*. He then put forth effort and became an arahant.

* This verse is found in the Thag.vs.40; elsewhere (Thag.vs.1162) this verse is ascribed to Moggallana as having been spoken by him to a monk named Tissa and again repeated (vs. 1163) by him to Vaddhamana.

He is probably to be identified with Vaddha (1), though no mention is made of Vaddha having entered the Order.

In the time of Tissa Buddha he had been a householder and had given the Buddha beautiful mango fruits. ThagA.i.106.

2. Vaddhamana. The capital of Ceylon (Varadipa) in the time of Konagamana Buddha. Its king was Samiddha. Mhv.xv.92; Dpv.xv.48; xvii.6; Sp.i.86.

3. Vaddhamana. A city (nagara) in Mahagama, over which Gamani Abhaya (afterwards Dutthagamani) was appointed chief soon after his birth (MT. 443).

A story is related (AA.ii.522) of a hunter of Vaddhamana who, in the name of his dead kinsman, gave alms to a wicked monk. Three times he did this, till the spirit of the peta cried out against it. He then gave alms to a good monk. The peta benefited by his gift.

4. Vaddhamana. The name of a Bodhi tree in Ceylon. Attached to it was a temple, restored by Aggabodhi IV. (Cv.xlviii.5) and again by Udaya V. (Cv.xlix.15).

5. Vaddhamana. A palace to be occupied by the future Buddha Meteyya. Anagat. vs.46.

6. Vaddhamana. A district in Ceylon, given by King Saddhatissa to his minister, Saddhatissa (2). Ras.ii.10.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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vaḍḍhamāna : (pr.p. of vaḍḍhati) growing; prospering.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vaḍḍhamāna, (nt.) at Dpvs XI. 33 is probably equivalent to vaḍḍhana (6) in special sense at Mhvs 23, 33, and designates a (pair of) special (ly costly) garment(s). One might think of meaning vaḍḍheti (BSk. vardhate) “to bid higher (at a sale), ” as in Divy 403; AvŚ I. 36, and explain as “that which causes higher bidding, ” i.e. very precious. The passage is doubtful. It may simply mean “costly” (belonging to nandiyāvaṭṭaṃ); or is it to be read as vaṭṭamāna? (Page 595)

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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