Mahamaitri, aka: Mahāmaitrī, Maha-maitri; 1 Definition(s)


Mahamaitri 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.

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Mahāmaitrī (महामैत्री) refers to the “three kinds of great friendliness” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 131):

  1. satyālambanā (grounded in truth),
  2. dharmālambanā (grounded in dharma),
  3. anālambanā (without ground).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., mahā-maitrī). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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