Vetullavada, aka: Vetullavāda; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Vetullavada in Theravada glossaries]

A heretical doctrine which was introduced into Ceylon by Voharika Tissa, but was suppressed by his minister Kapila (Mhv.xxxvi.41; Dpv.xxii.40). It appeared again later, and though officially disapproved, it does seem to have pushed its way among the monks of Ceylon, chiefly the Dhammarucikas (q.v.). E.g., in the reigns of Gothabhaya (Mhv.xxxvi.111), Mahasena, (xxxvii.1ff.), and Aggabodhi I. (Cv.xlii.35).

Vetullavada is generally identified with the Mahayana school of Buddhism. See Mhv. Trs. 259, n.2; also Hocart, Memoirs of the Archaeol. Survey of Ceylon, i.1922, p.15ff.

The Vetulla Pitaka, the canon of the Vetullavadins, is condemned as abuddhavacana. E.g., SA.ii.150; cf. Sp.iv.742, where it is called Vedalha Pitaka.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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