Mahamaitri, Mahāmaitrī, Maha-maitri: 3 definitions



Mahamaitri 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.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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 (e.g., mahā-maitrī). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous (M) next»] — Mahamaitri in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahāmaitrī (महामैत्री):—[=mahā-maitrī] [from mahā-maitra > mahā > mah] f. great friendship, great attachment, great compassion, [Buddhist literature] (cf. [Dharmasaṃgraha 131])

context information

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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