Kulavilokana, aka: Kula-vilokana; 1 Definition(s)

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Kulavilokana in Mahayana glossaries]

Kulavilokana (कुलविलोकन) refers to the “examination of family” and represents one of the “four examinations” (vilokana) that the Buddha made before entering birth from the Tuṣita heaven, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VII).—“What is examination of family (kula-vilokana)? The Buddhas are born into two kinds of family, either the Kṣatriyas or the Brahmins, for the Kṣatriyas have great power (prabhāva) whereas the Brahmins have great wisdom (prajñā). It is there that the Buddhas are born according to the need of the times”.

(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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