Antarakalpa, Antara-kalpa: 2 definitions


Antarakalpa 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

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Antarakalpa (अन्तरकल्प) refers to an “intervalic aeon” and represents one of the “four aeons” (kalpa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 87). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., antara-kalpa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (A) next»] — Antarakalpa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Antarakalpa (अन्तरकल्प).—m. (= Pali °kappa), internal (sub-division of a) kalpa or aeon, or intermediate kalpa (period between major kalpas). In AbhidhK. iii.181 the var. antaḥkalpa is recorded, along with this; it seems to point to the first definition above, and La Vallée Poussin, ad loc., considers this the only correct definition; there are 80 in a mahākalpa, op. cit. 187 (in Pali 64, CPD). On the other hand Mvy 8281 renders antara-(kalpa) by Tibetan bar gyi, intermediate, and similarly śastrāntara-, rogāntara-, durbhikṣāntara-k° 8282—4; these suggest that antara- kalpas are periods of destruction or disaster for people, compare CPD s.v. °kappa, a (short) intermediate period (of destruction of mankind). CPD recognizes both the above meanings, and this seems provisionally probable. It is often not clear which appears in specific cases; in Gv 325.15 perhaps the second: dvādaśānām antarakalpānām atyayena SP 67.1; prabhāṣate taj jina agradharmān… antarakalpaṣaṣṭim SP 25.8; compare Dharmas 87 (see s.v. kalpa 4); SP 159.3 ff.; Mmk 295.9 (°paṃ jīvati). In SP 68.10 text manujānam abhyantara-kalpa (= antara°), but probably read °jān’ apī antara° (see WT).

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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. 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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