Mahaparinirvanasutra, Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra, Mahaparinirvana-sutra: 3 definitions
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra (महापरिनिर्वाणसूत्र) ] (or simply Nirvāṇa-sūtra) or “The sūtra of the Great Decease of the Buddha” is the most important sūtra that had a very great and wide influence on the thought of many schools of Chinese Buddhism. The sūtra expounds some of the famous narrative episodes in the final months of the life of the Buddha. The sūtra uses these narratives as a foundation for the expression of Mahayana ideals. The Sanskrit original of the Mahāyāna version of the Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra must have been compiled between 200 and 400 CE and has survived only in a number of fragments, which were discovered in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Japan.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra (महापरिनिर्वाणसूत्र) or Parinirvāṇa or Parinirvāṇa-sūtra or Mahāparinirvāṇa.—: Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 156.15.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra (महापरिनिर्वाणसूत्र):—[=mahā-parinirvāṇa-sūtra] [from mahā > mah] n. Name of a Buddhist Sūtra.
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Sutra, Mahaparinirvana.
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Buddha-nature (as Depicted in the Lankavatara-sutra) (by Nguyen Dac Sy)
1. Early period (c): The Mahāparinirvāna-sūtra < [Chapter 2 - The Buddha-Nature in the Tathāgatagarbha Literature]
1. The Daosheng’s Thought of Buddha-nature < [Chapter 6 - Further Development of the Thought of Buddha-nature in China]
Summary (the Tathagatagarbha literature) < [Chapter 2 - The Buddha-Nature in the Tathāgatagarbha Literature]
Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra
Chapter XII - On the Nature of the Tathagata (Tathagatagarbha) < [Section One]
Chapter VIII - On the Four Dependables < [Section One]
Mahayana Buddhism and Early Advaita Vedanta (Study) (by Asokan N.)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 14 - The appearance of the Buddha and the flower of an Udumbara < [Chapter VIII - The Bodhisattvas]
The Miracle of Ādumā < [Part 2 - The Eight Recollections according to the Abhidharma]
Appendix 7 - Eight causes for the trembling of the earth < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
The Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King (A Life of Buddha) (by Samuel Beal)
History of Bodhisattva Aśvaghoṣa < [Introduction]
Appendix III - Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra (translated by Dharmarakṣa)
Buddhacarita (by Charles Willemen)