Dharmabhanaka, Dharmabhāṇaka, Dharma-bhanaka: 10 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Dharmabhanaka in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

1) Dharmabhānaka (धर्मभानक) refers to “those who recite the Dharma”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 3).—Accordingly, “[...] The disciples endowed with miraculous powers (ṛddhibāla) assembled around Kāśyapa the Great who said: ‘The buddhadharma is about to be extinguished. The Buddha, who for three incalculable periods, by difficult effort and out of compassion (anukampā) for beings, has acquired this Dharma, has entered into parinirvāṇa. Those of his disciples who know the Dharma (dharmajñā), retain the Dharma (dharmadhara) and recite the Dharma (dharmabhānaka), have all entered nirvāṇa along with the Buddha. [...]’.”.

2) Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक) refers to “dharma teachers” who possess the advantages of wisdom (prajñā) and who do the work of Buddha (buddhakārya), as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 20 (2nd series).

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

Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक) refers to the “reciter of the dharma”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Four Great Kings, having become scared and fearful, approached the Lord, prostrated themselves at the Lord’s feet, and said this to the Lord: ‘O Lord, we, the Four Great Kings will protect, shield, guard this exposition of the dharma so that it may last long and be beneficial. [...] Whosoever seek for the dharma, we will make them happy. We will offer hospitality to the congregation of the dharma-reciter (dharmabhāṇaka), never forget the meaning of the words to be connected to the words, give inspiration, and increase recollection, intelligence, understanding and happiness. [...]’”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक) refers to a “prophet of the Law”, according to the 2nd-century Meghasūtra (“Cloud Sutra”) in those passages which contain ritual instructions.—Accordingly, “He who desires a mighty rain must perform this rite ‘the great-cloud-circle’ in an open space, overspread by a blue canopy, shaded by a blue banner, on a clear spot of earth; [being] a prophet of the Law (dharmabhāṇaka), seated on a blue seat, fasting according to the aṣṭāṅga, with well-washed limbs, clad in pure raiment, anointed with fragrant odour, wearing the three white stripes, he must recite it for a day and night continuously facing the east; [...]”.

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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»] — Dharmabhanaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक).—a lecturer or public reader who reads and explains to audiences sacred books like the Bhārata, Bhāgavata, &c.

Derivable forms: dharmabhāṇakaḥ (धर्मभाणकः).

Dharmabhāṇaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and bhāṇaka (भाणक).

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

Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक).—sometimes written °naka, as Lalitavistara 179.10; 432.11 (= Pali dhamma-bh°, Childers, s.v. bhāṇako; not in [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary]), a preacher of the doctrine, religious preacher: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 19.9; 227.5; 343.9; 402.5, 7, 9, 11; Mahāvyutpatti 2764; Lalitavistara 179.10; 432.11, 18, 19—20; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 66.12; 112.8; Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 15.11; Kāraṇḍavvūha 13.12; 27.17; 78.1; Bodhisattvabhūmi 175.15; Daśabhūmikasūtra 46.12; °ka-tvam, state or condition of…, Daśabhūmikasūtra 76.24; Gaṇḍavyūha 417.25.

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

Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक).—m.

(-kaḥ) A lecturer, a public reader of the Mahabharat and other sacred works which are read aloud, and explained to large assemblies of Hindus at particular seasons. E. dharma virtue, and bhaṇ to utter, to speak, affix ṇvul.

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

1) Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक):—[=dharma-bhāṇaka] [from dharma > dhara] m. l°-expounder, preacher, [Buddhist literature]

2) [v.s. ...] lecturer, public reader of the [Mahābhārata] and other sacred works, [Horace H. Wilson]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dharmabhāṇaka (धर्मभाणक):—[dharma-bhāṇaka] (kaḥ) 1. m. A public reader of the Mahābhārata, &c.

[Sanskrit to German]

Dharmabhanaka 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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