Hastimukha, aka: Hasti-mukha; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Hastimukha (हस्तिमुख) is the name of a ‘river mouth’ (mukha) into which the lake Anavatapta flows from its eastern corner, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). Accordingly, At the northern boundaries (of Jambudvīpa), in the Snowy Mountains (Himavat), there is lake called Anavatapta. At the four corners of the lake there are four mouths from which the water flows out:at the east, the Elephant’s Mouth (Siang t’eou = hastimukha). In the east, the Elephant’s Mouth empties into the Heng (Gaṅgā). Its bed consists of golden sand (suvarānavālukā). The Gaṅgā comes from the mountain in the north and empties into the eastern ocean (pūrvasamudra).

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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