Caturmahabhautika, Cāturmahābhautika, Catur-mahabhautika: 2 definitions


Caturmahabhautika 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturmahabhautika.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Caturmahabhautika in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Cāturmahābhautika (चातुर्महाभौतिक) refers to the “four main elements”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “How then, son of good family, the Bodhisattva, having accumulated immeasurable merits, nourishes all living beings? [...] [He thinks:] ‘Just as the four main elements (cāturmahābhautika) in the external world nourish all living beings, may the four main elements belonging to me nourish all living beings! May there be in me no root of good connecting with the efficiency in knowledge of the dharma that does not support all living beings! Thus the roots of good will be transformed by me’”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Caturmahabhautika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Cāturmahābhautika (चातुर्महाभौतिक).—adj. (compare Sanskrit cāturbhautika), = prec.: °tike ātmabhāve Śikṣāsamuccaya 21.21; °tikaṃ (rūpaṃ) Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 125.3; °tikaṃ…samucchrayaṃ Bodhisattvabhūmi 253.20.

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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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