Nirarbuda: 6 definitions



Nirarbuda 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»] — Nirarbuda in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

1) Nirarbuda (निरर्बुद) is the name of a hell according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXII).—Accordingly, “Twenty stays in the Arbuda equal one stay in the Ni lo feou t’o (Nirarbuda) hell. – Twenty stays in the Nirarbuda hell equals one stay in the A lo lo (Aṭaṭa) hell”.

2) Nirarbuda (निरर्बुद) refers to one of the “eight hells of cold water” forming part of the sixteen utsadas (secondary hells) sitauted outside of the eight great hells, according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—Accordingly, “it is the same in the Nirarbuda hell. But whereas the Arbuda hell has several “holes” (arbuda) by which one can sometimes leave or enter, the Nirarbuda hell has no holes, and there is no means by which one can leave or enter”.

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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»] — Nirarbuda in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Nirarbuda (निरर्बुद) refers to the “very tumourous hell” and represents one of the “eight cold hells” (śīta-naraka) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 122). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., nirarbuda). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Nirarbuda (निरर्बुद).—m. (= Pali Nirabbuda), name of a cold hell: Mahāvyutpatti 4930 °daḥ; Dharmasaṃgraha 122; Divyāvadāna 67.23; 138.7; Avadāna-śataka i.4.9 etc.; Udānavarga viii.5.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nirarbuda (निरर्बुद):—[=nir-arbuda] [from nir > niḥ] m. or n. Name of a hell in which the wicked are punished by excessive cold, [Buddhist literature]

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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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