Verahaccani, Verahaccāni: 1 definition


Verahaccani 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

The name of a brahmin clan (gotta). The Samyutta Nikaya mentions a lady of the gotta living in Kamanda, who was evidently a teacher. A pupil of hers (antevasi mattavaka) having visited Udayi, then staying in the Todeyya ambavana, told her of his excellences.

He was asked to invite Udayi to a meal, and, when it was over, the teacher put on her sandals, sat on a high seat, and, with her head veiled, asked Udayi to preach the doctrine. A time will come for that, sister, he said, and went away. Three times this happened, and then she told her pupil. He pointed out to her her mistake in not showing respect for the Doctrine. The next time Udayi came, she approached him after the meal with all humility and asked him what, according to the arahants, was the cause of weal and woe. The existence of the senses, answered Udayi; and she, expressing her satisfaction, declared herself a follower of Udayi. S.iv.121f.

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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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