Dharmagupta, aka: Dharma-gupta; 6 Definition(s)
Dharmagupta 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.
Katha (narrative stories)
1) Dharmagupta (धर्मगुप्त) is the name of a merchant whose daughter was named Devasmitā, according to a story in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 13. Devasmitā was to be married to Guhasena (son of Dhanadatta) but Dharmagupta did, in first instance, not agree to this. The story of Devasmitā was told by Vasantaka to Vāsavadattā in order to divert her thoughts as she was anxiously awaiting her marriage with Udayana.
2) Dharmagupta (धर्मगुप्त) is the name of a richt merchant from the city Pāṭaliputra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 17. His wife Candraprabhā gave birth to an apsaras (heavenly nymph) named Somaprabhā. Their story was told by Vasantaka to Padmāvatī and queen Vāsavadattā.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dharmagupta, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.(Source): Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Dharmagupta (धर्मगुप्त) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.
Dharmagupta is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.(Source): Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary
Dharmaguptah - a subdivision of Sarvastivadah, developed from Mahisasakah and located in northwest India and Central Asia. Literally means those who protect (or preserve) the Law. They were instrumental informing the cult of the stupa, and were expert in incantation.(Source): SgForums: Buddhism
Languages of India and abroad
Dharmagupta (धर्मगुप्त).—a. observing and protecting religion.
-ptaḥ Name of Viṣṇu.
Dharmagupta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and gupta (गुप्त).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Search found 11 books and stories containing Dharmagupta or Dharma-gupta. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 2 - The journey of the Buddha to southern India and Koṭikarṇa < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Appendix 1 - The sūtra on the origin of heaven and earth < [Chapter XXII - The Nature of Morality]
Part 4 - Morality of the bhikṣuṇī < [Section II.2 - Morality of the monastic or pravrajita]
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
Chapter XVII < [Book III - Lāvānaka]
Chapter XIII < [Book II - Kathāmukha]
Notes on the story of Devasmitā < [Notes]
The Bhikkhus Rules (by Bhikkhu Ariyesako)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 31 - The incarnation of Śiva as Bhikṣuvarya < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
Chapter 25 - Prayer by the gods < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms (by Fa-Hien)