Prakritiprabha, aka: Prakṛtiprabhā, Prakriti-prabha; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Prakṛtiprabhā can be transliterated into English as Prakrtiprabha or Prakritiprabha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Prakṛtiprabhā (प्रकृतिप्रभा) refers to the “usual light” of the Buddha, with which he illuminated the universes of the ten directions, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Accordingly, “then by means of his usual light (prakṛtiprabhā) the Bhagavat illumined the trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu; this brilliance extended to all the universes of the east as numerous as the sands of the Ganges, and it was the same in the ten directions. All the beings who were touched by this light were destined to supreme complete enlightenment”.

What is the usual light (prakṛtiprabhā) of the Buddha? It is a light one armspan in width (vyāmaprabhā) surrounding the body of the Buddha on all sides; the Bodhisattva possessed it since his birth and it is one of the thirty-two marks called vyāmaprabhā-lakṣaṇa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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