Nihatamara, Nihatamāra, Nihata-mara: 1 definition
Nihatamara 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Nihatamāra (निहतमार) refers to “vanquishing the Māras”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Then, the bodhisatva, the great being, Gaganagañja addressed himself to the Lord: [...] (31) [How do the Bodhisattvas] vanquish Māras and all adversaries (nihatamāra-pratyarthika) after having transcended the way of the four Māras? (32) [How do the Bodhisattvas] become the benefactors of all living beings after having accumulated immeasurable quantities of merit ? [...]’”.
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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