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.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Mahāmaitrī (महामैत्री) refers to the “three kinds of great friendliness” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 131):
- satyālambanā (grounded in truth),
- dharmālambanā (grounded in dharma),
- 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 dictionarySource: 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])
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
I. Great Loving-kindness (mahāmaitrī) and Great Compassion (mahākaruṇā) < [Chapter XLII - The Great Loving-kindness and the Great Compassion of the Buddhas]
II. Great Loving-kindness and Great Compassion according to the Mahāyāna < [Preliminary note on Loving-kindness and Compassion]
Blue Annals (deb-ther sngon-po) (by George N. Roerich)