Dharmamegha, Dharmameghā, Dharma-megha: 5 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous (D) next»] — Dharmamegha in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dharmamegha (धर्ममेघ) or Dharmameghabhūmi refers to the “cloud of dharma bhūmi” and represents one of the ten Bodhisattva grounds (bodhisattabhūmi), according to the Daśabhūmikasūtra, or Daśabhūmīśvara, as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 52.—Dharmamegha-bhūmi is also known as “chos kyi sprin, fa yun”. The Bodhisattva on the tenth ground (dharmameghā-bhūmi) should simply be called Tathāgata.—Why should the Bodhisattva on the tenth ground be called simply Tathāgata? When he completely fulfills the six perfections, when he completely fulfills the four foundations of mindfulness up to and including the eighteen special attributes of the Buddhas, when he completely fulfills the knowledge of all the aspects and when he destroys all the passions and their traces, the Bodhisattva-mahāsattva in the tenth ground should be called simply Tathāgata.

Now, O Subhūti, the Bodhisattva-mahāsattva on the tenth ground who, by his skillful means, is practicing the six perfections as well as the four foundations of mindfulness up to including the eighteen special attributes of the Buddha, this Bodhisattva, I say, exceeds:

  1. the ground of the dry view;
  2. the ground of the spiritual lineage;
  3. the ground of the eighth saint;
  4. the ground of seeing;
  5. the ground of the diminution of the passions;
  6. the ground of the saint freed from desire;
  7. the ground of the saint who has done what had to be done;
  8. the grounds of the Pratyekabuddha;
  9. the grounds of the Bodhisattva.

Having exceeded these nine levels, the Bodhisattva is established in the ground of the Buddhas. This is the tenth ground of the Bodhisattva. Therefore, O Subhūti, the Bodhisattva-mahāsattva has “set off well for the Great Vehicle”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Dharmameghā (धर्ममेघा) or Dharmameghābhūmi refers to the “cloud of dharma” and represents the last of the “ten stages of the Bodhisattva” (bhūmi) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 64). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., dharma-meghā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D. Arciṣmatī is also included in the “thirteen stages of the Bodhisattva” (trayodaśa-bhūmi).

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (D) next»] — Dharmamegha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dharmamegha (धर्ममेघ).—a particular Samādhi.

Derivable forms: dharmameghaḥ (धर्ममेघः).

Dharmamegha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and megha (मेघ).

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

Dharmameghā (धर्ममेघा).—name of the tenth Bodhisattva-bhūmi (in the usual list; compare abhiṣeka, °ka-vatī): Mahāvyutpatti 895; Dharmasaṃgraha 64; Bodhisattvabhūmi 354.26; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 15.5; Daśabhūmikasūtra 5.10, etc.

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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. 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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