Brahmapurohita, Brahma-purohita: 6 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Brahmapurohita 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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Brahmapurohita (ब्रह्मपुरोहित) 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.

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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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Brahmapurohita (ब्रह्मपुरोहित) refers to the “ministers of Brahmā” 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-purohita). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Brahmapurohita (ब्रह्मपुरोहित).—m. pl. (= Pali id.), usually with deva, q.v., one (usually the 3d, or 2d) of the classes of rūpāvacara gods of the first dhyāna-bhūmi: Lalitavistara 150.5; 283.13 (brahmā brahmapurohitāś ca); Mahāvastu ii.314.7; 348.18; 360.12; Mahāvyutpatti 3087; Dharmasaṃgraha 128; Divyāvadāna 68.14; 367.11; 568.26; Gaṇḍavyūha 249.15; Avadāna-śataka i.5.2 etc.

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

1) Brahmapurohita (ब्रह्मपुरोहित):—[=brahma-purohita] [from brahma > brahman] mfn. (brahma-) having the sacerdotal class for a Purohita, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Kāṭhaka]

2) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] ‘the high priests of Brahmā’, (with Buddhists) Name of a class of divinities, [Lalita-vistara] (cf. [Dharmasaṃgraha 128]).

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Brahmapurohita refers to: minister or priest to Mahābrahmā; °deva gods inhabiting the next heaven above the Br. -pārisajjā devā (cp. Kirfel Loc. cit.) Kvu 207 (read °purohita for °parohita!).

Note: brahmapurohita is a Pali compound consisting of the words brahma and purohita.

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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.

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