Gayakashyapa, aka: Gayākāśyapa, Gaya-kashyapa; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Gayākāśyapa can be transliterated into English as Gayakasyapa or Gayakashyapa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Gayākāśyapa (गयाकाश्यप) is one of the brothers of Uruvilvākāśyapa [Urubilvākāśyapa], a Jaṭila from Urubilvā (or Uruvilvā) who was converted by the Buddha, as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—The same year as his enlightenment, the Buddha went to Urubilvā to convert the thousand Jaṭilas, fire worshippers, led by Urubilvākāśyapa, a venerable old man aged one hundred and twenty years, and his two brothers, Nadīkāśyapa and Gatākāśyapa [Gayākāśyapa?]. To impress these heretics, the Buddha performed no less than eighteen miracles, beginning with the taming of a venomous snake. Finally convinced of not having attained sainthood (arhattva) and that he did not even know the Path, Urubilvākāśyapa asked to be received into the Buddhist order and his five hundred disciples made the same request. The Buddha agreed and the newly converted threw their garments of hide and their religious objects into the river in order to put on the Dharma robe.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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