Malavihara, Mālāvihāra, Mala-vihara: 1 definition



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

Mālāvihāra (मालाविहार).—m., according to Tibetan (on Śikṣāsamuccaya) phreṅ baḥi khaṅ, garland-building: Mahāvastu ii.367.3 (verse, = Śikṣāsamuccaya 300.8) °raṃ kṛtvāna (Śikṣāsamuccaya kṛtvā ca) lokanāthasya dhātuṣu, constructed at a place where relics of Buddha are kept. But Lévi, Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 63 n. 2, argues, perhaps rightly, that mālā here means not garland but pavilion (on top of a building); see mālā; he finds the same word in the [bahuvrīhi] candana- māla, see -māla.

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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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