Eight Inopportune Births: 1 definition


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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Eight Inopportune Births:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit prātihārya defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 134):

  1. Rebirth in hell (narakopapatti),
  2. Rebirth in the animal kingdom (tiryag-upapatti),
  3. Rebirth in Yama’s world (yama-lokopapatti),
  4. Rebirth in the border regions (pratyanta-janapadopapatti),
  5. Rebirth amongst the gods of long life (dīrghāyuṣa-devopapatti),
  6. Rebirth with impaired faculties (indriya-vikalatā),
  7. Rebirth with wrong view (mithyā-dṛṣṭi),
  8. Rebirth with a mind intent on passion (cittotpādarāgitatā).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., ‘eight inopportune births’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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