Nandikasutra, Nandikasūtra, Nandika-sutra: 2 definitions



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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Nandikasūtra (नन्दिकसूत्र).—There are numerous references in the Buddhist texts to the Nandikasūtra. However, the original Sanskrit is lost and the sūtra is known only by a Tibetan translation entitled Dgaḥ ba can gyi mdo. One of the Karmavibhaṅgas in Chinese, the Fen pie chan ngo pao ying king, is very close in content to the Nandikasūtra. Also see the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Nandikasūtra (नन्दिकसूत्र).—name of a work: Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 33.14; 42.5 (see Lévi's note here); 44.6.

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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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