The Pāli Literature of Ceylon

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Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 1928 - Buddha (The concept) - 329 pages

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Page 20 - Ceylon had been friends — though they had never seen each other — even before Mahinda's mission to Ceylon. Tissa had sent him, as a friendly gesture, various gifts, and Asoka had returned the courtesy. He sent an embassy of his chosen ministers, bearing gifts marvellous in splendour, that Tissa might go through a second coronation ceremony, and the messengers were directed to give this special message to the king: " I have taken refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and declared myself a follower...
Page 24 - It is doubtful if any other single incident in the long story of their race has seized upon the imagination of the Sinhalese with such tenacity as this of the planting of the aged tree. Like its pliant roots, which find sustenance on the face of the bare rock and cleave their way through the stoutest fabric, the influence of what it represents has penetrated into the innermost being of the people, till the tree itself has become almost human.
Page 83 - All the theras and achariyas held this compilation in the same estimation as the text (of the Pitakattaya). Thereafter, the objects of his mission having been fulfilled, he returned to Gambudipa, to worship at the bo-tree (at Uruvelaya, or Uruvilva, in Magadha).
Page 71 - Dharma-gupta2, honoured and looked up to by all the kingdom. He has lived for more than forty years in an apartment of stone, constantly showing such gentleness of heart, that he has brought snakes and rats to stop together in the same room, without doing one another any harm.
Page 88 - Buddha- vacana, the origins of the Atthakatha may well be traced to the time of the Buddha himself. It has been remarked that "the need for an accurate interpretation of the Buddha's words which formed the guiding principle of the life and action of the members of the Sangha was felt from the very first, even while the Master was living. Of course, there was at that time the advantage of referring a disputed question for solution to the Master himself and herein we meet with the first stage in the...
Page 90 - ... were not compiled in the modern sense of the word, nor did any commentaries, suchas Buddhaghosa himself wrote later, exist in the Buddha's lifetime or immediatelyafterhisdeath. So that, when Buddhaghosa mentions, in the opening stanzas of the Sumangala Vilasini, that the commentary to the Digha Nikaya was at the First Council rehearsed by 500 holy Elders, we may assume that he means, that at this meeting the meanings to be attached to the various terms — particularly to those that appear to...
Page 63 - With the death of Maha-Sena in AD 302 ended the "Mahavamsa" or the Great Dynasty" of Sinhalese kings. The sovereigns of the "CulaVamsa (or the Lesser dynasty), says the Rajavali, were no longer of the unmixed blood, but the offspring of parents only one of whom was descended from the Sun...
Page 90 - Order along with the texts themselves. This is not to maintain that all of the Commentaries were so handed down in all the schools, nor that each of them was exactly the same in each of the schools where it was taught. But wherever Commentaries were so handed down, tradition tells us that they were compiled, and subsequently written, in the dialect of the district where the school was situated. From two places, one in India and the other in Ceylon, we have works purporting to give in Pali the substance...
Page 114 - P'usa who was the eldest son of a high official of the city. He was a boy of good natural parts which received great development as he grew up. When he came of age a daughter of the king was assigned to him as wife, but on the night before the ceremony of marriage was to be performed, being greatly distressed in mind, he prayed earnestly before an image of Buddha.
Page 81 - Mahinda, who had previously consulted the discourses (kathamagga) of Buddha, authenticated at the three convocations, and the dissertations and arguments of Sariputta and others, and they are extant among the Sinhalese.

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