Amarapura Nikāya

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One of the three major Nikāyas (monastic lineages) of modern Sri Lanka.taking its name from the city of Amarapura in Burma with which it is associated. It broke off from the Syāma Nikāya in 1803. Its founder, Ñāṇavimalatissa Thera.wishing to extend ordination to monks other than those of the gogama caste.originally intended to travel to Thailand but went instead to Burma where ordination was conferred on him and five others in Amarapura. Within a few years of his return to Sri Lanka, the Amarapura Nikāya subdivided into a number of groups, differing from one another by region and the caste of the monks.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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