Vethadipa, Vethadipaka, Vethadīpa, Vethadīpaka: 1 definition

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Vethadipa 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1a. A brahmin settlement, the chieftain of which claimed a part of the Buddhas relics; having obtained the relics, he built at thupa over them (D.ii.165, 167; Bu.xxviii.3).

1b. Vethadipaka. The brahmin of Vethadipa, who claimed an eighth share of the Buddhas relics. D.ii.165, 167.

2a. According to the Dhammapada Commentary, the kings of Vethadipaka and Allakappa once lived intimate friendship. (DhA.i.161; see J.R.A.S. 1907, p. 1049).

2b. Vethadipaka. The king of Vethadipa and friend of the king of Allakappa. They left the world together and became ascetics in the Himalaya. Vethadipaka died and was reborn in the deva world. He then visited his friend, and, learning that he had been troubled by elephants, taught him a charm to ward off any harm which might come from them. This charm Udena later learnt from Allakappa. DhA.i.163f.

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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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