Buddhamatri, Buddhamātṛ, Buddha-matri: 1 definition


Buddhamatri 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.

The Sanskrit term Buddhamātṛ can be transliterated into English as Buddhamatr or Buddhamatri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Buddhamātṛ (बुद्धमातृ) refers to the “mother of the Buddhas (buddhamātṛ)”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 52. Accordingly, “the task (yatna, śrama) of the mother is greater than that of the father. This is why the Buddha considers prajñā as his mother, and the Pratyutpannasamādhi as his father”. [...] Loving sons watch over their mother who has given birth to them and brought them up into the loka; in the same way, the Buddhas consider their mother to be the Prajñāpāramitā from whom they derive and who reveals to them the Loka (lokasaṃdarśayitrī). [...] When the Prajñāpāramitā, the mother of the Buddhas, is presented as the ‘revealer of the loka’ (lokasaṃdarśayitrī), it should be understood as the revealer of the true nature of the skandhas which is none other than the absence of any nature.

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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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