Dvipin, Dvīpin: 9 definitions

Introduction

Dvipin 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्) is a Sanskrit word referring to the animal “panther”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Ayurvedic literature. The animal Dvīpin is part of the sub-group named prasaha, refering to animals “who take their food by snatching”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्)—Sanskrit word for an animal, which could mean “tiger”, “panther”, “leopard” or “ounce” (either the Snow leopard or the European/Eurasian lynx).

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्) refers to “panther” or “leopard” and is mentioned in the Atharvaveda and the Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्, “leopard”) represents an incarnation destination of the tiryaggati (animal realm) according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—The Bodhisattva sees the animals (tiryak) undergoing all the torments: they are made to gallop by blows of the whip or stick; they are made to make long journeys carrying burdens; their harness is damaged; they are branded with hot iron. If pride (abhimāna) and anger abound, they [people] take the form of a savage beast [for example], leopard (dvīpin).

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्).—m.

1) A tiger in general; चर्मणि द्वीपिनं हन्ति (carmaṇi dvīpinaṃ hanti); Sk. द्वीपिचर्मोत्तरासङ्गं द्विपचर्मधराम्बरम् (dvīpicarmottarāsaṅgaṃ dvipacarmadharāmbaram) Śiva. B.1.8.

2) A leopard, panther.

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

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्).—mfn. (-pī-pinī-pi) Island, islander. m. (-pī) 1. A tiger. 2. An ounce or panther. E. dvīpa an Island, ini affix; haunting the small woody islands that abound in the rivers in India, or dvīpa a tiger’s spotted skin, derived from dvi two; i to go or be, pa affix: and ini as before.

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

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्).—i. e. dvīpa + in, m. on ounce or panther, [Pañcatantra] 63, 22.

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

Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्).—[masculine] panther, leopard, or elephant; [feminine] † stream, river, sea.

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

1) Dvīpin (द्वीपिन्):—[from dvīpa] mfn. having islands or spots like islands, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] m. tiger, ounce or panther, leopard, [Atharva-veda; Harivaṃśa; Mahābhārata] 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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