Caturarupya, Caturārūpya, Catur-arupya: 1 definition


Caturarupya 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturarupya.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Caturārūpya (चतुरारूप्य) refers to the “four formless (states of meditation)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “And so on, just as the Bodhisattva develops the application of awareness, he develops correct elimination, the base of magical power, sense organs, power, the limbs of awakening, path, peaceful meditation (śamatha), expanded vision, four means of attraction, four meditations, four immeasurables, four formless states of meditation (caturārūpyacatasra ārūpyasamāpattaya), five supernormal knowledges. [...]”.

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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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