Mahavastu, Mahāvastu, Maha-vastu: 3 definitions
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wikipedia: Lokottaravāda
Mahāvastu (महावस्तु) (Sanskrit for “Great Event” or “Great Story”) is a text of the Lokottaravāda school of Early Buddhism. It describes itself as being a historical preface to the Buddhist monastic codes (vinaya). Over half of the text is composed of Jātaka and Avadāna tales, accounts of the earlier lives of the Buddha and other Bodhisattvas.
The Mahāvastu is considered a primary source for the notion of a transcendent (lokottara) Buddha, common to all Mahāsāṃghika schools. According to the Mahāvastu, over the course of many lives, the once-human-born Buddha developed supramundane abilities including: a painless birth conceived without intercourse; no need for sleep, food, medicine or bathing although engaging in such “in conformity with the world”; omniscience; and, the ability to “suppress karma”
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Mahāvastu (महावस्तु).—name of the work (Mahāvastu): Mahāvastu i.1.2; colophon i.4.11; glorification of it, iii.250.10 (and ff.).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Mahāvastu (महावस्तु):—[=mahā-vastu] [from mahā > mah] n. Name of a non-canonical work of northern Buddhism, [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 70.]
2) Mahāvāstu (महावास्तु):—[=mahā-vāstu] [from mahā > mah] n. gr° space, [Bhāvaprakāśa]
3) [v.s. ...] mfn. occupying gr° sp°, [ib.]
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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The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Foreword to the second volume < [Volume II]
Foreword to the first volume < [Volume I]
Foreword to the third volume < [Volume III]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 5 - The story of the bhikṣu Kṣānti < [Chapter VIII - The Bodhisattvas]
Part 2 - The eightfold morality of the upavāsastha (introduction) < [Section II.1 - Morality of the lay person or avadātavasana]
Appendix 6 - The 57 days between Buddha’s enlightenment and his first sermon < [Chapter XIII - The Buddha-fields]
The Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King (A Life of Buddha) (by Samuel Beal)
Lives of Buddha (13): Fo-shwo-cung-hu-mo-ho-ti-king < [Introduction]
Settlement in Early Historic Ganga Plain (by Chirantani Das)
Part 2 - Surroundings of Nalanda < [Chapter III - Nālandā: Evidence for rise and progress of the settlement]
Part 2 - Vārāṇasī-Sārnāth relation < [Chapter VII - Sārnāth: The Satellite Religious Centre]
Part 8 - Growth of Secondary Sites (Nālandā and Sārnāth) < [Conclusion]
Dipavamsa (study) (by Sibani Barman)
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)