Purvavideha, Pūrvavideha, Purva-videha: 4 definitions
Purvavideha 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Pūrvavideha (पूर्वविदेह) refers to one of the mythical regions which the Bhikṣus visited when a famine broke out, according to the notes at Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXIV).—Accordingly, “One day when the Buddha was at Rājagṛha, a famine broke out. The Bhikṣus who had magical powers went to various mythical regions, Jambudvīpa, Pūrvavideha, Aparagodāna, Uttarakuru, the Trāyastriṃśa heaven, to gather the marvelous foods and fruits which these regions produced and distributed them to the community”.
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Pūrvavideha (पूर्वविदेह) in the east refers to one of the “four continents” (dvīpa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 120). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., pūrva-videha). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Pūrvavideha (पूर्वविदेह).—one of the 4 Buddhist continents (see dvipa); -lipi, a kind of script: Lalitavistara 126.5. (Prāg-for Pūrva- is reported in AbhidhK, see s.v. dvīpa.)
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Pūrvavideha (पूर्वविदेह) or Prāgvideha.—q.v., and see dvīpa.
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Act 10.7: The universes and Buddhas of the ten directions < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Courses through the five destinies (pañcagati) < [The world of transmigration]
Act 10.10: Śākyamuni gazes upon the immense assembly gathered before him < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Chapter VI - The gift of a necklace to Yaśodharā < [Volume II]
Chapter II - Maudgalyāyana’s visits to hell < [Volume I]
Chapter XXXVI - The story of Pūrṇa the son of Maitrāyaṇī < [Volume III]
The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
Part 4 - The impermanence of the Vessel and Contents < [B. The extended explanation]
Chapter XIX - On Holy Actions (a) < [Section Two]
Chapter XLIV - On Bodhisattva Kasyapa (e) < [Section Ten]
Chapter VII - On the Four Aspects < [Section One]
Buddhist records of the Western world (Xuanzang) (by Samuel Beal)
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)