Mahavastu, aka: Mahāvastu, Maha-vastu; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Mahavastu in Mahayana glossaries]

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

(Source): Wikipedia: Lokottaravāda
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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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