Nagavamshagra, Nāgavaṃśāgra: 1 definition


Nagavamshagra means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

The Sanskrit term Nāgavaṃśāgra can be transliterated into English as Nagavamsagra or Nagavamshagra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Nagavamshagra in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Nāgavaṃśāgra (नागवंशाग्र) is the name of a Buddha, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIV.—Accordingly, “in order to save beings, the Bodhisattva creates for himself a body of the noble Cakravartin king, of Śakra Devendra, of Brahmarāja, of a Śrāvaka, of a Pratyekabuddha, of a Bodhisattva or of Buddha.—Thus, in the Cheou-leng-yen king (Śūraṃgamasamādhisūtra), Mañjuśrī himself said that he appeared as a Pratyekabuddha 7,200,000 times and entered into nirvāṇa, that he also manifests under the aspect of a Buddha named Long-tchong-tsouen (Nāgavaṃśāgra)”.

Notes: As for the Buddha Nāgavaṃśāgra (in Chinese Long-tchong-tsouen, in Tibetan Kluḥi rigs mchog), identical with the ‘actual’ Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī, he reigned at a distant past over the Samā universe, on the borders of the southern region (cf. Śūraṃgamasamādhi).

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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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