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Salaḷāgāra

v.l. Salaḷāgāra, Salaḷaghara.– A building in Jetavana. Once when Sakka went to visit the Buddha he found him in the Salaḷāgāra, wrapt in concentration (samādhi), with Bhuñjatī waiting on him. Sakka therefore left a message with her (D.ii.270).

Buddhaghosa (DA.ii.705) defines it as “salaḷamayagandhakuṭ — a hut made with the wood of the sweet-scented salaḷa tree.”

Elsewhere, where (SA.iii.205) he says it was a hut of salaḷa trees (salaḷarukkhamaya) or a hut with a salaḷa tree at its door. In the Commentary to the Mahāpadāna Sutta (DA.ii.407) the Salaḷaghara is spoken of as one of the four chief buildings, (mahāgehāni) of Jetavana. It was built by Pasenadi at a cost of one hundred thousand. Anuruddha is also mentioned as having stayed there. S.v.300.

Salaḷāgāra Sutta.– Anuruddha, addressing the monks at the Salaḷāgāra, tells them that it is as difficult to make a monk who has developed the four foundations of mindfulness return to the lower life, as to make the Gaṅgā flow westward. S.v.300 f.

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