Ambucandra, Ambu-candra: 1 definition



Ambucandra means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Ambuchandra.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ambucandra (अम्बुचन्द्र) or Ambucandraka (cf. Udakacandra) refers to “the moon reflected in water”, and represents one of the various types of upamāna (comparisons). Cf. Nirmāṇa, and the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XI).—According to Catuḥśataka, XIII, v. 325 (ed. Vaidya, p. 108; ed. Bhattacharya, p. 197):—“Existence is like a burning brand brandished in a circle, a creation, a dream, a magic show, the moon reflected in water (ambucandraka), a fog, an echo in the midst [of the mountains], a mirage, a cloud”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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