Hemavata, Hemavatā: 2 definitions



Hemavata means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Hemavata 1. A river (J.iv.437, 438). See the Bhallatiya Jataka.

Hemavata 2. A heretical sect in Jambudipa (Mhv.v.12; Dpv.v.54).

They were so called because they lived on Mount Himavata (Rockhill, Life of Buddha, p.184).

They held that a Bodhisatta was not an ordinary mortal, that even a tirthaka could have the five abhinna, that the puggala is separate from the khandhas. Ibid., 190.

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A Yakkha chief, to be invoked by followers of the Buddha in time of need (D.iii.204).

He was present at the preaching of the Mahasamaya Sutta (D.ii.256).

He was the friend of Satagira (q.v. for his story).

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Hemavata (हेमवत) is the name of a Yakṣa, according to the Suttanipāta and Udāna commentaries, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Sātāgira and Hemavata who were flying to an assembly of yakṣas were stopped in full flight and forced to land because, if they had continued on their route, they would have passed above the Buddha: cf. Commentary on the Suttanipāta, I, p. 221–223; Commentary on the Udāna, p. 64.

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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.

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