Parittabha, Parittābhā: 7 definitions


Parittabha 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Parittabha in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A class of devas included among the Abha gods (M.iii.102).

They belong to the plane of the second jhana (VibhA.520).

Beings are born there by virtue of absorbing the idea of lesser brilliancy (M.iii.147).

Their life span is two kappas. AbhS.22.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

and paritta-subha are 2 classes of heavenly beings of the fine-material sphere; s. deva (II).

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Parittābha (परित्ताभ) or Parīttābha is part of the group of Gods inhabiting the second dhyāna of the Rūpadhātu (or Brahmaloka): the second of the three worlds, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The gods of the form realm (rūpadhātu), having fallen from the pure abodes (śuddhāvāsa), will again conceive sensual desire and will abide in the impure spheres.

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

Parīttābha (परीत्ताभ) refers to “limited radiance” and represents one of the eighteen “gods of the form-realms” (rūpāvacaradeva) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 128). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., parīttābha). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Parīttābha (परीत्ताभ).—(= Pali paritt°), m. pl., of limited radiance, one (usually the 1st) of the classes of rūpāvacara gods of the 2d dhyānabhūmi; usually with deva, q.v.: Lalitavistara 150.6; Mahāvastu ii.348.19; Mahāvyutpatti 3090; Dharmasaṃgraha 128; Divyāvadāna 68.14 and 367.12 (mss. in both parītā°); (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 43.21; Gaṇḍavyūha 249.14; Avadāna-śataka i.5.2, etc. Once, in Mahāvastu ii.163.17, seems to be used otherwise, as adj., but the expression is very strange, possibly corrupt; at the time of the Bodhisattva's abhiniṣ- kramaṇa, the habitations of various gods became com- pletely purified; at the end of the list, in 16, śuddhāvāsā- nāṃ (highest of rūpāvacara gods, and far higher than parīttābha gods) devānāṃ bhavanāni (etc.); then, in 17, evaṃ ca teṣu śuddhāvāseṣu deveṣu parīttābhānāṃ samyak- saṃbuddhānāṃ adhiṣṭhitāni caṅkramā niṣadyāni śayyāni tāni pi atīva pariśuddhāni abhūnsuḥ paryavadātā. I cannot explain the dwelling of Perfectly Enlightened Buddhas ‘of limited radiance’ among śuddhāvāsa gods.

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

Parīttābha (परीत्ताभ):—[=parī-ttābha] [from parī-tta > parī] m. [plural] Name of the gods of the 10th order, [ib. 211.]

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Parittabha 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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