Brahmakayika, Brahmakāyika, Brahma-kayika: 7 definitions
Brahmakayika 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Brahmakāyika (ब्रह्मकायिक) is part of the group of Gods inhabiting the first 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.
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Brahmakāyika (ब्रह्मकायिक) refers to the “Brahma group” and represents 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., brahma-kāyika). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
brahmakāyika : (adj.) belonging to the company of Brahmas.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Brahmakāyika refers to: belonging to the company of Brahmā, N of a high order of Devas in the retinue of Br. (cp. Kirfel, Kosmographie pp. 191, 193, 197) D. I, 220; II, 69; A. III, 287, 314; IV, 40, 76, 240, 401; Th. 1, 1082; Vism. 225, 559; KhA 86.
Note: brahmakāyika is a Pali compound consisting of the words brahma and kāyika.
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Brahmakāyika (ब्रह्मकायिक).—(see prec.), adj. or subst. (= Pali id., but not used in the same technical sense), usually with deva, q.v., one (usually the first) of the classes of rūpāvacara gods of the first dhyāna-bhūmi: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 4.10; 159.10; Lalitavistara 39.13 (here an individual one named Ugratejas, who is present in the Tuṣita heaven); 47.1; 150.4; 266.7; 359.16 and 360.7 (in these two Subrahma(-devaputra) is their leader); 394.3 (here Mahābrahmā is their leader); 396.15; 401.11; Mahāvyutpatti 2290 (here as example of the 2d sattvāvāsa, q.v.); 3085; Dharmasaṃgraha 128; Mahāvastu i.33.3; 40.16; 212.16; 263.21; ii.16.4; 163.15; 314.6; 348.18; 360.11; Divyāvadāna 68.14; 367.11; Avadāna-śataka i.5.2, etc.; brahmakāyikā devani- kāyā (abl.) Mahāvastu i.333.7, the divine dwelling-place of the br°.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Brahmakāyika (ब्रह्मकायिक):—[=brahma-kāyika] [from brahma-kāya > brahma > brahman] mfn. belonging to the Brahma-kāyas, [Lalita-vistara] ([Dharmasaṃgraha 128; Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 210]).
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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