Gunaprabha, Guṇaprabha: 7 definitions


Gunaprabha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Gunaprabha in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Guṇaprabha (गुणप्रभ) is the name of an aeon, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as the Lord said to the Bodhisattva Ratnaśrī: “Once, son of good family, long ago, countless aeons ago, long and very long before, at that time, the Tathāgata Vimalaprabhānantaraśmirāja, worthy of offerings, the perfectly awakened one, perfect in wisdom and conduct, a Sugata, a knower of the world, a charioteer of human beings to be tamed, unsurpassable, a teacher of gods and men, a Buddha, a blessed one appeared in the aeon called Guṇaprabha, in the universe called Kāyabandhana [...]”.

Mahayana book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of gunaprabha in the context of Mahayana from relevant books on Exotic India

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Gunaprabha in Buddhism glossary
Source: The Chronological History of Buddhism

Gunaprabha (475-400 BCE) was the native of Mathura. He resided in a monastery named “Agrapuri” (modern Agra) of Mathura. Taranatha erroneously mentions him to be the disciple of Vasubandhu. Most probably, Gunaprabha followed the abhidharma of Vasubandhu. Taranatha mentions that Gunaprabha was the contemporary of King Sri Harsha of Sthanvishvara. In fact, Sri Harsha accepted Gunaprabha as his preceptor. The commentary on the Bodhisattva Bhumi attributed to Gunaprabha mentions him as the preceptor of King Harshavardhana of Sthanvishvara. Taranatha also informs us that a Turushka king Mahasammata was ruling in Kashmir. Sri Harsha built a big monastery in Multan.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gunaprabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Guṇaprabha (गुणप्रभ).—name of a teacher: Mahāvyutpatti 3486.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Guṇaprabha (गुणप्रभ):—[=guṇa-prabha] [from guṇa] m. Name of a Buddh. teacher.

[Sanskrit to German]

Gunaprabha in German

context information

Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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.

Discover the meaning of gunaprabha in the context of Sanskrit from relevant books on Exotic India

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gunaprabha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Guṇaprabha (ಗುಣಪ್ರಭ):—[noun] a man renowned for his virtue.

context information

Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

Discover the meaning of gunaprabha in the context of Kannada from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: