Kucha: 3 definitions


Kucha means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Kuchh.

Ambiguity: Although Kucha has separate glossary definitions below, it also represents an alternative spelling of the word Kuca. It further has the optional forms Kūcha.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Kucha or Koutcha (in Chinese: Kieou-tseu; Sanskrit: Kucīna) refers to one of the fifty-five kingdoms enumerated in chapter 17 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—In the Candragarbhasūtra, the Bhagavat invites all classes of Gods and Deities to protect the Law [dharma?] and the faithful in their respective districts.—In Kucha, the following deities are appointed (among others): The Kumbhāṇḍa Viraladanta [?]; the Rakṣas Che-li-tche-tch'a (Śrīcaṭa ?) and Mṛgadanta [?].

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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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India history and geography

Source: Wikipedia: India History

Kucha or Kuche (Sanskrit: Kucīna) was an ancient Buddhist kingdom located on the branch of the Silk Road that ran along the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin and south of the Muzat River. It was an important Buddhist center from Antiquity until the late Middle Ages. Buddhism was introduced to Kucha before the end of the 1st century, however it was not until the 4th century that the kingdom became a major center of Buddhism, primarily the Sarvastivada, but eventually also Mahayana Buddhism during the Uighur period.

According to the Book of Jin, during the third century there were nearly one thousand Buddhist stupas and temples in Kucha. At this time, Kuchanese monks began to travel to China. The fourth century saw yet further growth for Buddhism within the kingdom. The palace was said to resemble a Buddhist monastery, displaying carved stone Buddhas, and monasteries around the city were numerous.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kucha (कुछ) [Also spelled kuchh]:—(pro and a) some, a few; something; —[eka] some; —[kucha] somewhat; to some degree; —[kara denā] to overwhelm by magical or demonological charm; —[kara baiṭhanā] to take a wrong step; to do something wrong; —[kahanā] to say harsh/unpleasant words; —[kā kucha] something altogether different, something just the contrary; —[guḍa ḍhīlā kucha baniyā, -sonā khoṭā, kucha sunāra] to have some deficiency at either end; -[na calanā] to have no say; —[na pūchie] to be simply indescribable; —[na ginanā/na samajhanā] to consider as utterly insignificant, to count for nothing; —[na sūjhanā] to be in a fog, to be at a loss; —[palle na paḍanā] not to be able to make head or tail of; —[bhī ho] come what may!; —[samajhanā] to assume airs; —[hokara rahanā] something unusual to be bound to happen; —[honā] to be significant; something unusual to be imminent.

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