Vimalakondanna; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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The son of Ambapali and Bimbisara. Vimala was his earlier name, but later he came to be called Vimalakondanna. When the Buddha visited Vesali, Vimala was impressed by his majesty and entered the Order, attaining arahantship soon afterwards.

In the time of Vipassi Buddha he was a rich householder, and one day, being present while the Buddha preached to a large number of people, he rejoiced so much that he offered him four golden flowers. The Buddha, by his magic power, caused the golden hue of the flowers to pervade the whole region. Vimala died soon after and was reborn in Tusita. Forty three kappas ago he became king sixteen times under the name of Nemi. ThagA.i.145f.; a verse containing a riddle and ascribed to Vimala is given in Thag. vs. 64.

A sermon preached by Vimala helped Ambapali to develop insight and win arahantship. ThigA. 207.

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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