Mahabrahma, Maha-brahma, Mahābrahmā, Mahābrahma: 5 definitions
Mahabrahma 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म) is one of the three great leaders among the gods according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “Mahābrahma is the leader of the Brahmaloka”.
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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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म).—n. the Supreme Spirit.
Derivable forms: mahābrahmam (महाब्रह्मम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म).—(n) , (= Pali id., in both senses, see Childers) (1) m. sg., great Brahmā (the god), guards the Bodhisattva upon his conception and praises him: Mahāvastu i.208.14 = ii.11.2; i.209.11 = ii.13.4; (2) m. pl., one (usually the 4th) of the classes of rūpāvacara gods of the first dhyānabhūmi, usually with deva, q.v.: Lalitavistara 150.5 (a-stem); Mahāvastu ii.360.14 (id.); Divyāvadāna 367.11 (id.); the rest n-stem forms, Mahāvyutpatti 3088; Divyāvadāna 68.14; 568.26; Dharmasaṃgraha 128; Avadāna-śataka i.5.2 (text °maṇaḥ, acc. pl.; ms. °māṇaḥ; prose), etc.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म):—[=mahā-brahma] [from mahā > mah] m. the great Brahman, the Supreme Spirit, [Buddhist literature]
2) [v.s. ...] [plural] (with Buddhists) one of the 18 classes of gods of the world of form, [Dharmasaṃgraha 128] (cf. [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 210 etc.])
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+25): Vasi, Trisahasramahasahasrika, Adhimatrakarunika, Mahabrahmapurohita, Mahabrahman, Brahmavaccasin, Sahasrika, Sri Narayanasrami, Dvisahasrika, Brahmapurohita, Sudharma, Upacara, Nila, Dvisahasra, Dvisahasramadhyamalokadhatu, Angati, Trisahasramahasahasralokadhatu, Sahasracudikalokadhatu, Brahma, Photeti.
Search found 21 books and stories containing Mahabrahma, Maha-brahma, Mahā-brahma, Mahābrahmā, Mahābrahma; (plurals include: Mahabrahmas, brahmas, Mahābrahmās, Mahābrahmas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Act 1.6: Definition of trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Act 7.2: Description of the Śuddhavāsika and Brahmaloka gods < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
IV. The traces of passion are destroyed in the Buddha < [VIII. Destroying the traces of the conflicting emotions]
A Manual of Abhidhamma (by Nārada Thera)
Four Planes of Life < [Chapter V - Process Freed Section]
Fourfold Rebirth < [Chapter V - Process Freed Section]
Fourfold Kamma < [Chapter V - Process Freed Section]
Vipassana Meditation (by Chanmyay Sayadaw)
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Part 1 - Introduction (story of Māra near Pañcasālā) < [Chapter 35 - Story of Māra]
Sāriputta Mahāthera’s attainment of Parinibbāna < [Chapter 43 - Forty-one Arahat-Mahatheras and their Respective Etadagga titles]
Buddha attributes (5): Lokavidū < [Chapter 42 - The Dhamma Ratanā]
Teacher of the Devas (by Susan Elbaum Jootla)
The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)