Gunashila, Guṇaśīla: 6 definitions


Gunashila means something in Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Guṇaśīla can be transliterated into English as Gunasila or Gunashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Guṇaśīla (गुणशील) is the name of a caitya (‘shrine’, dedicated to a deity), located in the town Rājagṛha, according to the Bhagavatī-sūtra, also known as The Vyākhyāprajñapti (“Exposition of Explanations”). The Bhagavatī-sūtra is the largest of twelve Jain āgamas and was composed by Sudharmāsvāmī in the 6th century.

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Guṇaśīla (गुणशील) is the name of a sacred spot visited by Mahāvīra during his 1st Year as Kevalī.—After founding the tīrtha the Lord returned once more to Rājagṛha from ‘Madhyamāpāvā’ and completed the rainy season halt of that year there. The 1st Year as omniscient (kevalī). In those days in Rājagṛha, there were many householders of the Pārśva tradition. The Lord resided in the Guṇaśīla-caitya there.

Guṇaśīla was also visited by Mahāvīra during his several of his years as Kevalī.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gunashila in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Guṇaśīla (गुणशील).—adj. virtuous, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 182.

Guṇaśīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms guṇa and śīla (शील).

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

1) Guṇaśila (गुणशिल):—[=guṇa-śila] [from guṇa] m. ‘excellent rock’, Name of a Caitya, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

2) Guṇaśīla (गुणशील):—[=guṇa-śīla] [from guṇa] See a-g

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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.

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