Mahakaruna, Mahākaruṇā: 3 definitions



Mahakaruna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mahākaruṇā : (f.) great compassion.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahakaruna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahākaruṇā (महाकरुणा).—(compare Sanskrit karuṇā; = Pali id.), great compassion: Lalitavistara 181.5; Mahāvastu ii.2.7, et alibi; 32 mahāk° of a Tathāgata, Mahāvyutpatti 154, listed 155—186.

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Mahākaruṇā (महाकरुणा).—(°-) (m.c. °ṇa-) -meghaś(i)rī, name of a Buddha: Gaṇḍavyūha 285.8 (verse).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mahākaruṇa (महाकरुण):—[=mahā-karuṇa] [from mahā > mah] mfn. very compassionate (-tā f.), [Buddhist literature]

2) Mahākaruṇā (महाकरुणा):—[=mahā-karuṇā] [from mahā-karuṇa > mahā > mah] f. general compassionateness, [Lalita-vistara]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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.

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