Vessagiri; 1 Definition(s)
Vessagiri 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A monastery in Ceylon, near Anuradhapura. It was built by Devanampiyatissa for the five hundred vessas (merchants) who were ordained by Mahinda (Mhv.xx.15; Mhv. Trs. 137, n.3). Near the monastery was a forest, where Vattagamani, in his flight, hid the alms bowl of the Buddha. There he also met the Elder Kupikkala Mahatissa (Mhv.xxxiii.48f). The alms bowl was discovered and taken by a Damila to India, but was later recovered (Mhv.xxxiii.55). To the south of Vessagiri was the Pabbata vihara, and, near it, the village of Silasobbhakandaka. MT.616.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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