Kamabhava, aka: Kāmabhava, Kama-bhava; 4 Definition(s)
Kamabhava 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
'sensuous existence'; s. bhava.Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Kāmabhava (कामभव) refers to “existence in the world of desire” and represents one of the three types of existence (bhava) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). Accordingly, “By virtue of actions belonging to the domain of the realm of desire, one will be reborn later in this realm to undergo the retribution of these actions (karmavipāka): this is what is called kāmabhava, existence in the world of desire. Mutatis mutandis, it is the same for the rūpabhava and ārūpyabhava. That is what is understood by existence”.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.
Languages of India and abroad
kāmabhava : (m.) the sphere dominated by pleasures.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Kāmabhava refers to: a state of existence dominated by pleasures. It is the second kind of existence, the first being caused by kamma Vbh. 137. It rests on the effect of kamma, which is manifested in the kāma-dhātu A. I, 223. It is the first form of the 3 bhavas, viz. kāma°, rūpa°, arūpa° Vin. I, 36; D. III, 216; A. IV, 402; Vism. 572. Emancipation from this existence is the first condition to the attainment of Arahantship: kāmabhave asatta akiñcana Sn. 176, 1059, 1091 (expl. SnA 215: tividhe bhave alaggana); Bdhd 61. °parikkhīṇa one who has overcome the desire-existence Dh. 415=Sn. 639.
Note: kāmabhava is a Pali compound consisting of the words kāma and bhava.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
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A Discourse on Paticcasamuppada (by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
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The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
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The Mahavamsa (by Wilhelm Geiger)
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A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)