Anabhraka: 7 definitions



Anabhraka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Anabhraka in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Anabhraka (अनभ्रक) is part of the group of Gods inhabiting the fourth dhyāna of the Rūpadhātu (or Brahmaloka): the second of the three worlds, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The gods of the form realm (rūpadhātu), having fallen from the pure abodes (śuddhāvāsa), will again conceive sensual desire and will abide in the impure spheres.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Anabhraka in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Anabhraka (अनभ्रक, “cloudless”) refers to one of the eighteen “gods of the form-realms” (rūpāvacaradeva) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 128). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., anabhraka). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anabhraka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Anabhraka (अनभ्रक).—m., unclouded, name of the first (but omitted in Pali and the Mahāvastu lists) of the classes of rūpāvacara gods in the 4th dhyāna-bhūmi; see deva: Lalitavistara 150.8; Divyāvadāna 68.16; Avadāna-śataka i.5.3; Gaṇḍavyūha 249.12; Mahāvyutpatti 3098; Dharmasaṃgraha 128; etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Anabhraka (अनभ्रक):—[=an-abhraka] [from an-abhra] m. [plural] ‘cloudless’, Name of a class of divinities, [Buddhist literature]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Anabhraka (अनभ्रक):—[bahuvrihi compound] m. pl.

(-kāḥ) A class of Bauddha gods who reside in the first or lowest stage of the fourth sphere of the Bauddha heaven. E. a priv. and abhra, samāsānta aff. kap, literally ‘without clouds’.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Anabhraka (अनभ्रक):—(von 3. a + abhra) m. pl. eine Klasse von Göttern bei den Buddhisten (die Wolkenlosen) [Burnouf I, 202. 613.] [Rgva tch’er rol pa 143.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Anabhraka (अनभ्रक):—m. Pl. Nomen proprium einer Klasse buddh. Götter.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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