Four Wombs; 1 Definition(s)

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Four Wombs:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit yoni defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 90):

  1. Egg-born (aṇḍaja)
  2. Moisture-born (saṃsvedaja),
  3. Viviparous (jarāyuja),
  4. Spontaneously-born (upapāduka).

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

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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