Dirghayusha, Dīrghāyuṣa, Dirgha-ayusha: 1 definition

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Dirghayusha means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Dīrghāyuṣa can be transliterated into English as Dirghayusa or Dirghayusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Dīrghāyuṣa (दीर्घायुष) refers to “long life”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 40.—Accordingly: The Buddha utters the lion’s roar. He is like the king of the lions (siṃharāja). [...] The Buddha-lion is very similar. [...] He spurs on the lazy, he comforts his disciples and he destroys the heretics. The gods of long life (dīrghāyuṣa) who for ages have enjoyed heavenly bliss finally recognize impermanence. Thus, beings who hear the lion’s roar of the four truths all experience a mind of disgust for the world; being disgusted, they withdraw from it; being withdrawn from it, they enter into nirvāṇa. [...]

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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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