Buddhaghosa, aka: Buddhaghosha, Buddhaghoṣa; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Buddhaghoṣa can be transliterated into English as Buddhaghosa or Buddhaghosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Buddhaghosa in Purana glossaries]

Buddhaghoṣa (बुद्धघोष).—An ancient Sanskrit poet. It is believed that he lived in the 4th century A.D. The most important work of this poet who was a Buddhist, is 'Padyacūḍāmaṇi'. The life of Buddha is described in this Book in ten Kāṇḍas (sections). A similarity to the poems of Kālidāsa and Aśvaghoṣa is seen in this poem. Buddhaghoṣa is said to have reached Ceylon in 357 A.D. and translated some Buddhist literature.

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Buddhaghosa in Buddhism glossaries]

Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa was a 5th century Indian Theravadin Buddhist commentator and scholar. His name means "Voice of the Buddha" in the Pali language.

His best known work is the Visuddhimagga, or Path of Purification, a comprehensive summary and analysis of the Theravada understanding of the Buddhas path to liberation. The interpretations provided by Buddhaghosa have generally constituted the orthodox understanding of Theravada scriptures since at least the 12th century CE. He is generally recognized by both Western scholars and Theravadins as the most important commentator of the Theravada.

(Source): WikiPedia: Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

[Buddhaghosa in India history glossaries]

Buddhaghosa, the greatest scholar of Theravada Buddhism lived during the reign of King Mahanama. Mahavamsa gives the biography of Buddhaghosa who visited Anuradhapura Vihara of Sri Lanka during the reign of King Mahanama (850-828 BCE). Burmese sources tell us that Buddhaghosa visited Sri Lanka in the year 930 of Buddha religion (835 BCE) and in the 15 th regnal year of Sri Lankan king Mahanama who ascended the throne in the year 915 (850 BCE). Thus, we can roughly fix the lifetime of Buddhaghosa around 865-780 BCE.

(Source): academia.edu: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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