Maliyadeva

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Maliyadeva was a monk who is said to have lived in Sri Lanka during the 2nd century BCE and to have attained nirvana.[1]

According to the Mahavamsa, part of Theravādin tradition, Maliyadeva was the last well-known arhat who had high psychic powers ( Abigngnalabhi: in Sinhala:අභිඥ්ඥාලාභී අරහතුන් වහන්සේ ) in Sri Lanka[2] and Buddhism in Sri Lanka declined after this period. A legend says he brought four Buddha statues from India to Sri Lanka.[3]

His meditation chamber may be seen at Arankale[4] and his dwelling place at Guharamaya.[5]

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  1. ^ Gombrich, Richard; Bond, George D. (Oct–Dec 1989). "Review: The Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka: Religious Tradition, Reinterpretation and Response by George D. Bond". Journal of the American Oriental Society (American Oriental Society) 109 (4): 661–664. doi:10.2307/604094. JSTOR 604094. 
  2. ^ Richard, Gombrich (1993). "How open is the future?". In Howe, Leo; Wain, Alan. Predicting the Future: the Darwin College lectures. Cambridge University Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-521-41323-7. 
  3. ^ Seneviratna, Anuradha; Benjamin Polk (1992). Buddhist Monastic Architecture in Sri Lanka: The Woodland Shrines. Abhinav Publications. p. 96. ISBN 978-81-7017-281-9. 
  4. ^ The Arankale monastery
  5. ^ Guharamaya: a cave of stone age man