Maudgalyayana, Maudgalyāyana: 6 definitions


Maudgalyayana 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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Maudgalyāyana (मौद्गल्यायन) is the name of a Śrāvaka 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 Maudgalyāyana).

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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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Source: Buddhist Door: GlossarySee Ten Great Disciples of Shakyamuni.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Maudgalyāyana (मौद्गल्यायन).—(1) also Mahā-m°, = Pali Moggal-lāna, gotra-name and usual appellation of Kolita, often paired with Śāriputra as leading disciples of the Buddha: story of his conversion, Mahāvastu iii.56.16 ff.; 57.18 etc.; the forms without and with Mahā- often interchange in the same passage and sometimes without significance, but the Buddha himself always speaks of or to him as Maud° (without Mahā-), e.g. in contexts where Mahā- is usually prefixed, Divyāvadāna 160.13, 17; 299.16 (but in 18 Ānanda calls him Mahā-m°); Avadāna-śataka ii.91.15; Aśoka refers to him without Mahā-, but in a verse, Divyāvadāna 395.20; other cases without Mahā-, Mahāvyutpatti 1033; Divyāvadāna 50.29 ff.; 182.22; 268.6; 314.15; 486.25; Avadāna-śataka i.241.7 etc.; Sukhāvatīvyūha 31.3; Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 161.18; et passim; (2) pl., name of a brahmanical gotra: Divyāvadāna 635.13; compare Maudgalyāyanīgotreṇa, of the nakṣatra Uttarāṣāḍha, Divyāvadāna 640.22.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Maudgalyāyana (मौद्गल्यायन):—[from maudgali] m. ([patronymic] [from] Prec.) Name of a pupil of Gautama Buddha, [Lalita-vistara]

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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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