Buddhavihara, aka: Buddhavihāra, Buddha-vihara; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Buddhavihāra (बुद्धविहार) refers to one of the four vihāras (dwellings) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter V.—Accordingly, “As for the buddhavihāras, these are the innumerable samādhis such as the heroic walk (śūraṃgama), the ten powers (bala), the four fearlessnesses (vaiśāradya), the eighteen special attributes (āveṇikadharma) of the Buddha, omniscience (sarvajñāna) and wisdoms (prajñā) of all kinds. It is also the 84,000 baskets of the Dharma (dharmapiṭaka), the means of saving men. These various Buddha-qualities are the places inhabited by the Buddha: the Buddha abides there”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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