Losakatishya, Losakatiṣya, Losaka-tishya: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Losakatiṣya can be transliterated into English as Losakatisya or Losakatishya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Losakatiṣya (लोसकतिष्य) is the name of a Bhikṣu according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVI).—Accordingly, “The Bhikṣu Lo p’in tchou (Losaka-tiṣya), although he was an Arhat, begged for his food for seven days without receiving anything and returned with empty bowl (dhautapātrena); then he burned his own body in the fire of rapture (dhyānatejas) and attained parinirvāṇa”.

According to Chapter XLVI 2.2, “Thus, a disciple of Śāriputra, the monk Lo-p’in-tcheou (Losaka-tiṣya?) observed discipline (śīlavat) zealously (vīryavat). When he begged for alms, he was unable to get anything for six days. When the seventh day came, there was only a short time for him to live. A colleague begged for food and gave it to him but a bird carried it away”.

Note: The story of Losaka is unknown to other sources, but, with some modifications, it has passed into the Pāli Jātaka, no. 41.

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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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