Gautamadvara, Gautamadvāra, Gautama-dvara: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Gautamadvāra (गौतमद्वार) refers to “Gautama’s gate” (Cf. Description of Pāṭaliputra).—Shortly before his death, the Buddha went to the village of Pāṭaligrāma where the ministers of Ajātaśatru, Sunīdha and Varṣakāra, built a fortress to serve as defense against the Vṛjis. The Buddha foretold the greatness of that city from that time on, but declaring that it would be menaced by the threefold perils of fire, flood and disharmony. Escorted by the two ministers, he went to the Ganges; the gate through which he left the city and the place where he crossed the Ganges received the names of Gautamadvāra ‘Gautama’s gate’ and Gautamatīrtha ‘Gautama’s ford’ respectively

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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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