Mahavastu, aka: Mahāvastu, Maha-vastu; 2 Definition(s)
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
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
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
Mahāvastu (महावस्तु).—n. of the work (Mv): Mv i.1.2; colophon i.4.11; glorification of it, iii.250.10 (and ff.).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Search found 8 books and stories containing Mahavastu, Mahāvastu or Maha-vastu. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
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]
Appendix 6 - The 57 days between Buddha’s enlightenment and his first sermon < [Chapter XIII - The Buddha-fields]
Part 2 - The eightfold morality of the upavāsastha (introduction) < [Section II.1 - Morality of the lay person or avadātavasana]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
The seven jewels of the Cakravartin < [Notes]
Chapter XL < [Book VII - Ratnaprabhā]
The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)
Jataka 209: Kakkara-jātaka < [Book II - Dukanipāta]
Jataka 181: Asadisa-jātaka < [Book II - Dukanipāta]
Jataka 208: Suṃsumāra-jātaka < [Book II - Dukanipāta]
Vinaya Pitaka (3): Khandhaka (by I. B. Horner)
The story of malaria < [1. Going forth (Pabbajjā)]
On the invitation of Brahmā < [1. Going forth (Pabbajjā)]
On the group of five < [1. Going forth (Pabbajjā)]
The gods of northern Buddhism (by Alice Getty)