Dharmamukha, aka: Dharma-mukha; 1 Definition(s)

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Dharmamukha (धर्ममुख).—nt., entrance or introduction to the [Page280-b+ 71] doctrine or to religion, way of entering it; so correctly Bur- nouf on SP 53.5, introductions à la loi, confirmed by Tibetan on LV 161.14 chos kyi sgo rnam, doors or entrances to the doctrine or to religion. They are usually said to be very numerous: dharmāmukhā (°mā° m.c.) koṭisahasr’ aneke prakāśayiṣyanti anāgate 'dhve SP 53.5 (verse); asaṃkhye- yāni dharmamukha-śatasahasrāṇi niścaranti sma LV 128.8 (as the alphabet is recited, religious dicta come forth); a formulaic list, beginning (akṣayavimokṣa)-saṃbhedaṃ nāma dharmamukha(ṃ) Gv 195.24; sarvadharmaśubha- vyūhaṃ nāma dharmam° 196.3, and others in 196.5—6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, etc. (the names are pompous but unilluminat- ing); (sarvaromamukhebhyo) vividhāni dharmamukhāni niścaramāṇāny aśrauṣīt Gv 515.5, foll. by: yad uta, bo- dhisattvaguṇavarṇa-mukhāni dānapāramitā-mukhāni etc. (the cpds. become longer and more embracing as they proceed); precisely four are listed in LV 182.5 ff., (bodhi- sattvaḥ…) catvāri dharmamukhāny āmukhīkaroti sma… (6) yad idaṃ…catuḥsaṃgrahavastu-prayoga-nirhāra- viśuddhiṃ ca nāma dharmamukhaṃ…(and three other even more complicated ones, showing no clear relation to the Gv lists; it seems clear that there was no standard or accepted list); (bodhisattvāḥ…) dharmamukhaiḥ saṃcoditavyā bhavanti LV 161.14, are to be instigated (to withdraw from the world) by (the utterance of) intro- ductions to religion (such as those which then follow in verses).

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