Meghadatta: 3 definitions


Meghadatta 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Meghadatta in Mahayana glossary
Source: The Mahavastu

Meghadatta (मेघदत्त) is the name of one of two young Brāhmans, “bound together by ties of mutual affection and friendship”, according to the story “Megha and Meghadatta” in the Mahavāstu chapter XXII.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Meghadatta in Buddhism glossary
Source: Google Books: The Glorious Deeds of Purna

Meghadatta (मेघदत्त) (Dharmaruci) and Megha (the Buddha) are students of the same teacher. When the Buddha Dīpaṃkara foretells Megha’s attainemnt of Buddhahoood as the Buddha Śākyamuni, Megha joins Dīpaṃkara’s Monastic Order; meanwhile, Meghadatta commits such heinous sins as matricide and parricide. After aeons of torment in the hells, Meghadatta is reborn as the sea-monster timitimiṅgala, devourer of ships and men.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Meghadatta (मेघदत्त).—name of an associate of Megha (1), q.v.: Mahāvastu i.232.1; he corresponds to Pali Megha, whereas [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit] Megha = Pali Sumedha; in both [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit] and Pali he was a former incarnation of Dharmaruci, Mahāvastu i.246.12.

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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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