Gayashirsha, aka: Gayaśīrṣa, Gayāśīrṣa, Gaya-shirsha; 4 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit terms Gayaśīrṣa and Gayāśīrṣa can be transliterated into English as Gayasirsa or Gayashirsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Gayaśīrṣa (गयशीर्ष) is the name of a mountain where the Buddha spoke his Fire Sermon according to a footnote at the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter LI. Accordingly, “Accompanied by these 1000 Jaṭilas now Bhikṣus, the Tathāgata went to Mount Gayaśīrṣa, accomplished some miracles there and pronounced the famous Fire Sermon there. Following this sermon, the minds of these thousand Bhikṣus was liberated from the impurities by detachment, which means, in other words, that they attained Arhathood”.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
India history and geogprahy
Gayāśīrṣa (गयाशीर्ष) is the name of a mountain situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—The Gayāśīrṣa mountain is situated at Gayā from where the Gotama Buddha went to Uruvilva for the attainment of Perfect Enlightenment.Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
Gayāśīrṣa (गयाशीर्ष).—m. (= Pali Gayāsīsa, Sanskrit Gayāśiras, Gaya°), n. of a mountain near Gayā: Mvy 4116; LV 246.8; 248.7; Mv ii.121.1; 200.9.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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Search found 6 books and stories containing Gayashirsha, Gayaśīrṣa, Gayāśīrṣa or Gaya-shirsha. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CXLIII - The Ramayana < [Brihaspati (Nitisara) Samhita]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Note (1). The four Bodhisattva stages or practices < [Chapter XX - (2nd series): Setting out on the Mahāyāna]
Part 14 - Bringing innumerable beings to Arhathood by a single sermon < [Chapter LI - Seeing all the Buddha Fields]
Mahāyāna auxiliaries (D): The five faculties < [Part 3 - The auxiliaries according to the Mahāyāna]
The Brahma Purana (by G. P. Bhatt)
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Chapter XIV - The great renunciation < [Volume II]
Chapter XIX - Gotama’s early wanderings < [Volume II]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)