hello all, and greetings,
I have come across lists in the past of descriptions of various
individuals from the time of the Buddha in which each was
identified as foremost or best in this or that. For example,
Moggallana was foremost in powers. Or Sariputta was foremost
in wisdom. (I believe these two are correct.) These lists were
in the Tipi.taka and more specifically, in the Suttapi.taka.
Would anyone know exactly where such lists are given? In
particular, could anyone direct me to where the Buddha is
described as best in making distinctions? (references esp.
to Tipi.taka, but also to atthakathâ or .tîkâ, incl. VmM and
VsM would be welcome.)
Finally, what would the Pali of these terms be? For 'best',
I thought it would be se.t.t.ho or some variation (or possibly
pâmokkha), and for 'distinction-maker', something made up out
of the root bhaj (or perhaps something more like vematta,
But my memory is not clear about these. I did notice that
vibhajjavâdî is sometimes taken not as a description in
particular of the Buddha, but of Theravâda teachings overall.
I did find in the Visuddhimagga-mahâ.tîkâ, the phrase
vibhajjavâdî mahârâjâ, King of the Distinction-makers,
or, Great King amongst the Analysts, etc. (in chap. 17,
Sect. 581), referring to the Buddha (the sammâsambuddho),
but that's a few degrees away from the Tipi.taka itself ....
well, thank you for all help.
- Hi all,
I just have time to check my thai Tipitaka CDrom. I found Ektatakapali
verse. There are about 50 names of bikku, bikkuni, layman and laywoman who
are the best in different fields. This is the location from my CDrom ref,
Suttantapitaka boook 12, Anggutaranikaya vagga 146 page 28.