Paranirmitavashavartin, aka: Paranirmitavaśavartin; 1 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Paranirmitavaśavartin can be transliterated into English as Paranirmitavasavartin or Paranirmitavashavartin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Paranirmitavaśavartin (परनिर्मितवशवर्तिन्) is part of the six groups of Gods inhabiting the Kāmadhātu (the first of the three worlds), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The six classes of gods of the desire realm (kāmadhātu), attached to the five desirable objects, will fall into the hells (niraya) and be subjected to all the sufferings.
The Paranirmitavaśavartin gods represents one of the seven destination of rebirths in kāmadhātu, according to chapter XLIX, “[...] another, when he gives, shows deepening pure morality; he loves erudition (bāhuśrutya) and considers himself a spiritual person (sattva); but unable to undergo suffering, he seeks his satisfactions from someone else (para): he is reborn among the Paranirmitavaśavartin gods, ‘gods using the desirable objects (kāma or kāmaguṇa) created by others in a sovereign manner’. This is a question of female shapes knowingly and ingeniously created by others (paranirmita); the Paranirmitavaśavartin gods take hold of these five objects of enjoyment (pañcakāmaguṇa) and use them in a sovereign manner. They are like destitute people who fight over a patrimony”.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
II.a The seven rebirths in kāmadhātu < [Part 8 - Predicting the fruits of ripening of various kinds of gifts]
Act 7.3: Description of Paranirmitavaśavartin < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Act 7.1: The Buddha shows his ordinary body (prakṛtyātmabhāva) < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Chapter XXVI - The Sunshades < [Volume I]
Chapter XXII - Enlightenment of Dīpaṃkara < [Volume I]
The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
Part 4 - The impermanence of the Vessel and Contents < [B. The extended explanation]
1d.2) The Dharma jewel < [Part 1 - The causal refuge]
3a) The Hells < [Part 3 - The main divisions]