Vimana Vatthu, Vimāna-vatthu: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The sixth book of the Khuddaka Nikaya. It describes the splendour of various celestial abodes belonging to different devas, obtained by them as reward for some meritorious act performed in a previous life. The stories were learnt from the devas themselves, by Moggallana, Vangisa and others, during their sojourn in the deva worlds, and reported by them to the Buddha.

A Commentary on the work exists by Dhammapala, forming part of the Paramatthadipani, and sometimes called Vimalatthavilasini (q.v.).

Stories from the Vimana Vatthu were related by Mahinda in Ceylon in his first sermon to Anula and her five hundred companions. Mhv.xiv.58.

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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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