Maharddhika: 5 definitions



Maharddhika 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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Maharddhika (महर्द्धिक) is the name of a Kinnara mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Maharddhika).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Maharddhika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Maharddhika (महर्द्धिक).—f. °kā, [bahuvrīhi] adj. (= Pali mahiddhika, according to [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary] ‘always’ with mahānubhāva, but this is not true, see e.g. Pv i.10.1; Mahāvaṃsa 1.39), of great supernatural power (ṛddhi), or more loosely, of great power, majesty, or perhaps (as in Sanskrit) of great wealth; with mahānubhāva, of ṛṣis, Mahāvastu ii.49.1; 96.1, 3; of a gṛhapati, Divyāvadāna 277.28 ff.; said of Buddha(s), Mahāvastu i.294.22; Avadāna-śataka ii.199.13; of deities, Mahāvastu i.305.1; iii.302.4; Kāraṇḍavvūha 10.15; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 101.9 (lokapālas); of Māra, said by himself, Mahāvastu ii.276.19; of miscellaneous persons, Mahāvastu ii.92.17; iii.1.3; 63.18; sometimes as final member of a [compound], the prior member denoting the class of being so designated (this usage not recorded in Pali): devamaharddhikā vā devā vā nāga-°kā vā nāgā vā etc. (long series of similar terms) Gaṇḍavyūha 75.3; [Page421-b+ 71] especially preta-°ka, said of a class of pretas whose position as such has been mitigated, though not completely relieved, either by their own actions or by merit transferred to them by others (see dakṣiṇādeśanā), Divyāvadāna 14.19; Avadāna-śataka i.264.16 ff.; 273.1; even these pretas may still manifest evil propensities, Avadāna-śataka i.265.8 ff.; altho the [compound] *peta- mahiddhika seems not to occur in Pali, the adj. mahid- dhikā is used of a petī who, like the pretas so described in [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit], was enjoying partial happiness because of some merit acquired, Pv. 1.10.1.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Maharddhika (महर्द्धिक).—[adjective] very rich or mighty.

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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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