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(Pāli, bamboo grove).

A park near Rājagṛha.so-called because it was surrounded by a wall of bamboo (veḷu). The park was chosen for the the Buddha by King Bimbisāra since it was a quiet spot suitable for meditation as well as being in a convenient location not too far outside the town. The Buddha spent the second, third and fourth rain-retreats (vassa) at Veḷuvana, and after the First Council in the year of the Buddha's death the monks who had taken part retired there to rest. Many early discourses were preached at this site.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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