1. (adj.) double, twin; only in foll. combinations: -pāṭihāriya (& ˚hīra); the miracle of the double appearances, a miracle performed by the Buddha in Sāvatthī to refute the heretical teachers (cp. Vin.iii.332 Samanta-pāsādika; and in detail DN-a.i.57). It consisted in the appearance of phenomena of opposite character in pairs, as e.g. streaming forth of fire water. (Cp.; Mvu translation 120). The miracle was repeatedly performed by the Buddha & is often referred to, e.g. at Pts.i.125 (˚hīra); Ja.i.77, Ja.i.88, Ja.i.193; Mil.106 (˚hīraṃ), Mil.349 (˚hāriyaṃ); Mhvs.17, Mhvs.44, Mhvs.50; Mhvs.30, Mhvs.82; Mhvs.31 Mhvs.99; Dāvs i.50 (˚hīraṃ); Dhp-a.iii.213 (id.); Snp-a.36 Vism.390; Pv-a.137. -sālā the pair of Sal willows in between of which the Buddha passed away Vv-a.165; Pv-a.212.
  2. (adj. or m.) a twin, twin child Mhvs.6 Mhvs.9 (yamake duve puttaṃ ca dhītaraṃ janesi), Mhvs.37 (soḷasakkhattuṃ yamake duve duve putte janayi); Dhp-a.i.353 (same, with vijāyi).
  3. (nt.) a pair, couple. Name of one of the Abhidhamma canonical books, also called Yamaka-ppakaraṇa; Tikp.8
    ■ The Yamakasutta refers to the conversion of the bhikkhu Yamaka and is given at SN.iii.109 sq.; mentioned at Vism.479 & Vb-a.32. The phrase; yamakato sammasana at Vism.626 may mean “in pairs” (like kalāpato “in a bundle” ibid.), or may refer to the Yamaka-sutta with its discussion of anicca, dukkha, anatta.

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