Vipassi, Vipassī: 2 definitions

Introduction

Vipassi 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

The nineteenth of the twenty four Buddhas. He was born in the Khema park in Bandhumati, his father being Bandhuma and his mother Bandhumati. He belonged to the Kondanna gotta. For eight thousand years he lived as a householder in three palaces: Nanda, Sunanda and Sirima. His body was eighty cubits in height. His wife was Sutana (v.l. Sudassana) and his son Samavattakkhandha. He left the household in a chariot and practised austerities for eight months. Just before his enlightenment, the daughter of Sudassana setthi gave him milk rice, while a yavapalaka named Sujata gave grass for his seat. His bodhi was a patali tree. He preached his first sermon in Khemamigadaya to his step brother Khandha and his purohitas son Tissa; these two later became his chief disciples. His constant attendant was Asoka; Canda and Candamitta were his chief women disciples. His chief lay patrons were Punabbasummitta and Naga among men, and Sirima and Uttara among women. He died in Sumittarama at the age of eighty thousand, and his relics were enshrined in a thupa seven leagues in height. The Bodhisatta was a Naga king named Atula. (Bu.xx.1ff.; BuA.195f.; D.ii.2ff).

Three reasons are given for the name of this Buddha (BuA.195; cf. DA.ii.454; SA.ii.15): (1) Because he could see as well by night as by day; (2) because he had broad eyes; (3) because he could see clearly after investigation. Vipassi held the uposatha only once in seven years (DhA.iii.236), but on such occasions the whole Sangha was present (Sp.i.186). The construction of a Gandhakuti for Vipassi brought Mendaka great glory in the present age. Mendakas name at the time was Avaroja (DhA.iii.364f). Annakondanna was then known as Culakala, and nine times he gave Vipassi Buddha the first fruits of his fields. DhA.i.81f.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vipassi : (aor. of vipassati) saw clearly; had intuition. || vipassī (m.) gifted with insight.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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