Buddhadharma, Buddha-dharma: 8 definitions

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Buddhadharma 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Buddhadharma in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Buddhadharma (बुद्धधर्म) refers to “qualities of the Buddha”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja, having praised the Lord with these verses, addressed himself to the Lord: ‘[...] O Lord, please elucidate this exposition of the dharma to these good men (satpuruṣa) who have a doubt (saṃśaya) in their respective dharmas. May the Blessed Tathāgata please cut off their all doubts (saṃśaya) and illuminate all qualities of the Buddha (sarva-buddhadharma) since you are established (pratiṣṭhita) in the ascertainment (niścaya) in your mind (buddhi)’”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Buddhadharma (बुद्धधर्म) refers to the “teaching of the Buddhas”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly [after Sāgara taught the Nāga-vow mantra], “[...] O Bhagavān, if we do not send forth rain showers after three nights, then, O Bhagavān, we will have leprosy. We will have bodies of extremely bad smell. We will be adversary to the teaching of all Buddhas (sarva-buddhadharma). Disappointing the Three Worlds, let there not be a downfall from a Nāga-womb for us. O Bhagavān, [if] there are other acts to be employed, we will be to his assistance everywhere”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Buddhadharma in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Buddhadharma (बुद्धधर्म) or Āveṇikabuddhadharma refers to the “eighteen special qualities of the Buddha” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 79):

  1. the Realised One does not stumble,
  2. he does not cry out,
  3. he does not lose mindfulness,
  4. he does not have uncollectedness of mind,
  5. he does not have perceptions of variety (of feelings),
  6. he does not have equanimity due to lack of observation,
  7. he does not have a loss of desire,
  8. he does not have a loss of energy,
  9. he does not have a loss of mindfulness,
  10. he does not have a loss of concentration,
  11. he does not have a loss of wisdom,
  12. he does not have a loss of liberation,
  13. he does not have a loss of knowledge and insight into liberation,
  14. all his bodily deeds are preceded by knowledge, in accordance with knowledge,
  15. all his verbal deeds are preceded by knowledge, in accordance with knowledge,
  16. all his mental deeds are preceded by knowledge, in accordance with knowledge,
  17. he has independent, unobstructed knowledge and insight into the past time,
  18. he has independent, unobstructed knowledge and insight into the present time.

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., buddhadharma). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Buddhism Tourism: Glossary of Buddhist Terms

Buddha doctrine or the teachings of the Buddha.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Buddhadharma in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Buddhadharma (बुद्धधर्म).—[masculine] the law of Buddha.

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

1) Buddhadharma (बुद्धधर्म):—[=buddha-dharma] [from buddha > budh] m. B°’s law, [Buddhist literature]

2) [v.s. ...] B°’s marks or peculiarities, [ib.]

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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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