Biratha; 1 Definition(s)


Biratha 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Biratha (बिरथ) is the name of a village located in Kaśmīra according to the  Vibhāṣā mentioned in appendix 3 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “Once in the kingdom of Kia chö mi lo (Kaśmīra), there was a capital called Pi lo tch’a (Biratha). Not far from this city there was a monastery (saṃghārāma), the Che yai (Śailavihāra) where there lived a Bhikṣu-arhat”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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