Dasabala, Dashabala, Daśabala, Dashan-bala, Dasa-bala: 11 definitions


Dasabala 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.

The Sanskrit term Daśabala can be transliterated into English as Dasabala or Dashabala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Daśabala (दशबल) or Jñānabala refers to the “ten powers” of the Bodhisattva, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 39

The list from Kośa and Kośavyākhyā:

  1. sthānāsthāna-jñānabala,
  2. karmavipāka-jñānabala,
  3. dhyānavimokṣasamādhisamāpatti-jñānabala,
  4. indriyaparāpara-jñānabala,
  5. nānādhimukti-jñānabala,
  6. nānādhātu-jñānabala,
  7. sarvatragāminīpratipad-jñānabala,
  8. pūrvanivasānasmṛti-jñānabala,
  9. cyutpapāda-jñānabala,
  10. āsravakṣaya-jñānabala.

By using these ten types of powers (daśabala), the Buddha saves beings. True and free of error, all are perfected (saṃpanna). This is why, although the Buddha possesses innumerable powers, we speak only of these ten powers.

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Daśabala (दशबल) refers to the “ten powers”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, the Lord went on to speak these verses: ‘(38) Giving through ten powers (daśabala) is the root, it is taught. Being based on that, they are endowed with morality (śīla). They, having been established in the qualities of morality (śīlaguṇa), attain meditation (dhyāna), and fulfil the qualities of unattached insight.. [...]’”.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dasabala in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dasabala : (adj.) endowed with ten supernormal powers, the Buddha.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Dasabala refers to: , (Sk. daśabala) endowed with 10 (supernormal) powers, Ep. of the Buddhas, esp. of Kassapa Buddha Vin.I, 38=J.I, 84; S.II, 27; Vism.193, 391; DhA.I, 14; VvA.148, 206, etc.

Note: dasabala is a Pali compound consisting of the words dasa and bala.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Daśabala (दशबल).—epithets of Buddha.

Derivable forms: daśabalaḥ (दशबलः).

Daśabala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daśan and bala (बल). See also (synonyms): daśabhūmiga.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Daśabala (दशबल).—adj. (= Pali dasa°), possessing the ten bala, epithet and synonym of (any) Buddha, often used in the same way as tathāgata, jina, etc.: Mahāvyutpatti 25; (yo dadyā jambudvī- paṃ saptaratnasaṃcayaṃ) daśabalānāṃ Mahāvastu i.80.7, who gives…to the Buddhas: similarly 8; 116.2, etc.; in Divyāvadāna 275.5, 7 daśabala Kāśyapa (as either two words or one) [Page263-a+ 71] refers to a monk in Śākyamuni's entourage (not to the former Buddha Kāśyapa, who according to [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary] and Malalasekara (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names) was ‘especially’ called daśabala, a statement for which I have found no evidence; in [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit], at any rate, daśabala applies equally to any and every Buddha); see s.v. Kāśyapa (2).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Daśabala (दशबल).—m.

(-laḥ) A Bud'dha of Baud'dha teacher. E. daśa ten, (the ten worlds,) bala powerful.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Daśabala (दशबल) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a buddhist, composed in 1055: Tithisāraṇikā jy. Oxf. 327^b.

2) Daśabala (दशबल):—Daśabalakārikā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Daśabala (दशबल):—[=daśa-bala] [from daśa] m. ‘possessing 10 powers’, Name of a Buddha, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Dasabala in German

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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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