Parahita, Para-hita: 12 definitions


Parahita means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Parhit.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Parahita (परहित) refers to “(that practice which is) beneficent for others”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “[...] The Bodhisattva Gaganagañja said: ‘Sons of good family, you should conceive the incomparable complete awakening, in this way, you can practice what is benefit for yourselves and for others (parahita)’. Thus addressed, they generated the thought of incomparable complete awakening, and offered a hundred thousand calico clothes to the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja. Then, saying ‘Friends, let us also offer this calico clothes to the Lord’, all those offered calico clothes for the body of the Lord. Thereupon the Lord prophesied: ‘After incalculable aeons, when you achieved the way of the dharma which are wings of awakening, all of you will appear in this world as the Tathāgatas called Abhayadāna”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Parahita (परहित) refers to a “friendly ruler”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Buddha, I give continual homage, highest Padmapāṇi, spirit of Maitreya, Gaganagañja, Samantabhadra, the elevated friendly ruler of the Yakṣa (parahita-udyatayakṣādhipo parahitodyata), Mañjughoṣa, Viṣkambhin, Kṣitigarbha, I bow down before, Khagarbha”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Parahita in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

parahita : (m.) welfare of others.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Parahita refers to: the good or welfare of others (opp. attahita) D. III, 233; PvA. 16, 163.

Note: parahita is a Pali compound consisting of the words para and hita.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Parahita (परहित).—a.

1) benevolent.

2) profitable to another.

Parahita is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms para and hita (हित).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Parahita (परहित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Friendly, benevolent. 2. Good or profitable form for another. E. para, and hita favourable.

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

1) Parahita (परहित):—[=para-hita] [from para] mfn. friendly, benevolent, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) [v.s. ...] n. an°’s welfare, [Bhartṛhari]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Parahita (परहित):—[para-hita] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) a. Kind, good, benevolent; profitable to others.

[Sanskrit to German]

Parahita in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Parahita in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Parahita (परहित) [Also spelled parhit]:—(nm) benefaction, beneficence, benevolence; -[niṣṭhā] altruism; ~[vāda] altruism; hence ~[vāditā] (nf); ~[vādī] an altruist; altruistic.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Parahita (ಪರಹಿತ):—[adjective] motivated by altruism; concerning another’s or otherś interest, welfare, etc.; altruistic.

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Parahita (ಪರಹಿತ):—

1) [noun] welfare of another; unselfish concern for the welfare of others; altrusim.

2) [noun] an altruistic man.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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