Mahanaman, aka: Mahānāman; 1 Definition(s)


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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1) Mahānāman (महानामन्) is one of the two sons of Amṛtadana, son of Siṃhahanu: an ancient king of the solar clan (āditagotra or sūryavaṃśa) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). Accordingly, “King Amṛtadana had two sons: 1) Mo ho nan (Mahānāman), 2) A ni lou t’eou (Aniruddha)”.

2) Mahānāman (महानामन्) was an ancient king of the Śākyas according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXX). Accordingly, “thus, Mo ho nan (Mahānāman), king of the Śākyas, went to find the Buddha one day and said to him: ‘The population of Kapilavastu is great. Sometimes it happens, when I meet a runaway chariot, an excited horse, a mad elephant, or people who are quarreling, that I no longer think about the Buddha’. Then I say to myself: ‘If I were to die at this moment, where would I be reborn?’.”

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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