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Abhayagiri accepted according activities ancient Anurādhapura arahant Asoka attend became bhikkhus brāhmaṇas brought Buddha Buddhist building built called caves century A.C. ceremony cetiya Ceylon chapter Commentaries common considered dhamma earlier early established evidently example festival followed four give given grant held Ibid idea important included India Inscription interest Island king known lands later lived Mahāvamsa Mahāvihāra Mahinda means mentioned Mihintalē ministers monastery monks occasion offered original Pāli perhaps period person popular practice preaching probably reason recited records referred regarded Relic religion religious reported residence rules Sangha says sect seems seen sermon Sinhalese slaves Sometimes spiritual story sutta teacher teaching term thera things Tissa translated tree usually various vihāra village Vinaya whole worship written xxxvii young