Pashcimakala, Paścimakāla, Pashcima-kala: 2 definitions


Pashcimakala 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.

The Sanskrit term Paścimakāla can be transliterated into English as Pascimakala or Pashcimakala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Pashchimakala.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Paścimakāla (पश्चिमकाल) refers to the “latter time”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the bodhisatva Gaganagañja addressed himself to the Lord: ‘O Lord, please give the Tathāgata’s blessing over this exposition of the dharma so that, in the latter time (paścimakāla), in the latter age, it will be disseminated and practiced throughout the Jambūdvīpa’. The Lord said: ‘For that reason, son of good family, I will invoke the Four Great Kings so that they will come and strive to keep this exposition of the dharma for a long time with detailed and analytical explanation’”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Paścimakāla (पश्चिमकाल) refers to the “last time”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [after Agastya-Ṛṣi taught the offering manual] “Then Vajrapāṇi, the great leader of the Yakṣas, addressed the Bhagavān thus, ‘May the Bhagavān give his empowerment so that I shall provide protection and safeguard in the last time (paścimakālapaścime kāle), in the last age’”.

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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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