Madhuvasishtha, Madhuvāsiṣṭha, Madhu-vasishtha: 1 definition


Madhuvasishtha 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.

The Sanskrit term Madhuvāsiṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Madhuvasistha or Madhuvasishtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Madhuvāsiṣṭha (मधुवासिष्ठ) is the name of an Arhat who climbed onto scaffolding (gosāraka), walls (bhitti) and trees (vṛkṣa), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLI. At the required age, Madhuvavāsiṣṭha, triumphing over the resistance of his parents, entered the religious life, and the Buddha gave him ordination according to the quick procedure of ehibhikṣukā. He practiced brahmacarya and became Arhat. But the miracle of honey followed him throughout his religious life: every day he was miraculously gratified by three pots of honey which he gave respectively to the Buddha, the Saṃgha and to his parents; when he was walking with his colleagues and when he saw them faltering, it was enough for him to hold out his bowl and it became filled immediately by the gods. Nevertheless, his great holiness had not liberated him from the traces of his passions (kleśavāsanā) and, retaining the habits of monkeys, he was often seen climbing on walls and in trees.

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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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