Kaushthila, aka: Kauṣṭhila; 3 Definition(s)
Kaushthila 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.
The Sanskrit term Kauṣṭhila can be transliterated into English as Kausthila or Kaushthila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Kauṣṭhila (कौष्ठिल) is the son of Māṭhara: a Brāhmin from Rājagṛha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XVI). Accordingly, “Because this man [Māṭhara] was very skillful in debate, the king had given him as a privilege a large village situated not far from the capital. This Māṭhara married and his wife bore a daughter; because the eyes of this young girl resembled those of the Chö li (śāri, the heron) bird, she was called Śāri; later the mother bore a son whose knee-bones were very big, and for that reason he was called Kiu hi lo (Kauṣṭhila). After this Brāhmin married, he was busy raising his son and daughter; he forgot all the holy books he had studied and he did not put his mind to acquiring new knowledge”.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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Mathara Brahmana had a daughter, Sharika and a son, Kaushthila. Sharika was very bright student and at times defeated her brother in debate. Kaushthila went to Dakshinapatha to study “Lokayata” philosophy from the teacher Tishya. Mathara married off his daughter Sharika to Tishya. Kaushthila disapproved this marriage and went again to South and studied “Lokayata” philosophy from Maskari Goshala. Later, Kaushthila became well known as “Dirgha -nakha Parivrajaka” .Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Buddhism
Languages of India and abroad
Kauṣṭhila (कौष्ठिल) or Koṣṭhila.—q.v. (also Mahā-k°): so read with best mss. at LV 1.14 for Lefm. Kauṇḍinya (other mss. Kauṇḍilya, so also Calc., and Kauṇḍila); Tibetan gsus po che, great belly, = Mahā-kauṣṭhila, q.v.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 4 - Origin of Śāriputra’s name < [Chapter XVI - The Story of Śāriputra]
Part 5 - What is the absolute point of view if the views are all false < [Chapter I - Explanation of Arguments]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)