Milinda; 7 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Milinda in Theravada glossaries]

King of Sagala. He was born in Kalasi in Alasanda.

His discussions with the Buddhist Elder Nagasena are recorded in the Milinda Panha. It is said there that the king embraced Buddhism.

For a discussion on the facts connected with Milinda, and his identification with the Baktrian king Menander, see Questions of King Milinda, vol. i., introd. xviiiff.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Milinda in Buddhism glossaries]

Yavana King Milinda and Buddhist monk Nagasena (1365-1325 BCE).—According to Milindapanho, Yavana king Milinda patronized Buddhism in north-western India. Nagasena was the contemporary of Milinda. Both lived 500 years after Buddha nirvana (1865 BCE).

(Source): The Chronological History of Buddhism

In the Buddhist lore it is the Greek emperor Minander “Circa 1st century BC” who is known as Milinda. Milindapraśna is a compilation of the dialogue between him and the Buddhist monk Nāgasena in which the former raised some questions and the latter answered them. The authenticity of this work is proven by the fact that Ācārya Buddhaghoṣa considered it as authentic as the Piṭakas. The original volume of Milindapraśna was enhanced from time to time by the later Ācāryas.

(Source): Prakrit Bharati Academy: Death with Equanimity (buddhism)

India history and geogprahy

[Milinda in India history glossaries]

Milinda-Panho mentions that Milinda or Minander, a Yavana king, reigned in Bactria and northern Pakistan 500 years after Buddha nirvana (1865 BCE). Thus, we can accurately fix the date of Minander around 1365-1325 BCE. Historians have proposed that there were two Minanders because some coins of Minander used a title of “Dikaios”or “Dharmika” for Minander whereas other coins used a title of “Soteros .

(Source): The Chronology of Ancient Gandhara and Bactria
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Milinda in Marathi glossaries]

milinda (मिलिंद).—m S A bee of the large black kind. Ex. gandhaviṣayā mi0 bhulōna || kamalakōśīṃ vēciti prāṇa ||.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

milinda (मिलिंद).—m A bee of the large black kind.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Milinda in Sanskrit glossaries]

Milinda (मिलिन्द).—A bee; परिणतमकरन्दमार्मिकास्ते जगति भवन्तु चिरायुषो मिलिन्दाः (pariṇatamakarandamārmikāste jagati bhavantu cirāyuṣo milindāḥ) Bv.1.8,15.

Derivable forms: milindaḥ (मिलिन्दः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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