Aparagodana, Aparagodāna, Apara-godana: 4 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Aparagodāna (अपरगोदान) refers to one of the mythical regions which the Bhikṣus visited when a famine broke out, according to the notes at Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXIV).—Accordingly, “One day when the Buddha was at Rājagṛha, a famine broke out. The Bhikṣus who had magical powers went to various mythical regions, Jambudvīpa, Pūrvavideha, Aparagodāna, Uttarakuru, the Trāyastriṃśa heaven, to gather the marvelous foods and fruits which these regions produced and distributed them to the community”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Aparagodana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aparagodāna (अपरगोदान).—(also goḍani or goḍāni) Name of a country to the west of Mahāmeru (according to Buddhistic ideas).

Derivable forms: aparagodānam (अपरगोदानम्).

Aparagodāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms apara and godāna (गोदान).

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

Aparagodāna (अपरगोदान):—[=apara-godāna] [from apara] n. (in Buddhist cosmogony) a country west of the Mahā-meru.

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

Aparagodāna (अपरगोदान):—[karmadharaya compound] n. (?)

(-nam) (In Buddhistic cosmo-gony.) One of the four dvīpas or continents which are in each of the innumerable earths, and the inhabitants of which have faces of the same shape as the continent in which they are born; the Aparagodāna is in shape like a round mirror and 7000 Yojanas in extent, on the west of the Mahāmeru which is in the centre of the earth and from its base to its summit 168,000 Yojanas in height; in this continent merit cannot be obtained. (Spence Hardy, Manual of Buddhism pp. 4. 449.) E. apara and godāna.

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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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