Four Aeons; 1 Definition(s)

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Four Aeons:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit kalpa defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 87):

  1. An intervalic aeon (antara-kalpa),
  2. A great aeon (mahā-kalpa),
  3. An empty aeon (śūnya-kalpa),
  4. An essential aeon (sāra-kalpa).

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

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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