Four Ages; 1 Definition(s)

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Four Ages:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit yuga defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 88):

  1. The accomplished age (kṛta-yuga),
  2. The threefold-life age (tretā-yuga),
  3. The twofold age (dvāpara-yuga),
  4. The dark age (kali-yuga).

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

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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