Rahulabhadra, Rahula-bhadra, Rāhulabhadra: 3 definitions
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Rāhulabhadra (राहुलभद्र), Āryadeva and Nāgārjuna represent the first lineage of Madhyamika scholars. Their biographies are legendary and their dates uncertain. Not content with giving us contradictory information on them, the sources confuse them with the siddhas of the same name who were present at Nalandā several centuries later.
Candrakīrti summarizes the activity of the early Mādhyamikans in the following way: “In the presence of the Venerable Rāhulabhadra, Nāgārjuna, whose words were followed also by Deva, has explained clearly and fully the mind of this [Buddha]. The disciples of this [Nāgārjuna] also, having their opinions determined by examination of the treatise by this [Nāgārjuna] and having vanquished all the heretics, have fully explained the doctrine of the best of Munis, [i.e., the Buddha]”.
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: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Buddhism
1) Rahula Bhadra (1120-1060 BCE).—Sri Rahula Bhadra was the head of Nalanda University. Nagarjuna II studied at Nalanda during the time of Rahula Bhadra. Taranatha mentions that Rahula Bhadra came to Nalanda when King Chandrapala was reigning in Aparantaka. Indradhruva was the friend of King Chandrapala who wrote a treatise on Aindra Vyakarana.
2) Rahulabhadra II was Sudra by birth and became the disciple of Aryadeva. Jnanapriya was the disciple of Matricheta or Ashvaghosa II. Jnanapriya carried the letter of Matricheta to King Kanika of Malava.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Rāhulabhadra (राहुलभद्र):—[=rāhula-bhadra] [from rāhula > rāhu] m. = rāhula Name of a son of Gautama B°, [Buddhist literature]
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 9 - The first Madhyamika authors (Nāgārjuna, Āryadeva, Rāhulabhadra) < [Chapter XXXVI - The eight recollections (anusmṛti or anussati)]
Part 3 - The Prajñāpāramitāstotra < [Chapter XXIX - The Virtue of Wisdom]
Introduction to fourth volume < [Introductions]
The Practice Manual of Noble Tārā Kurukullā (by Dharmachakra Translation Committee)
Blue Annals (deb-ther sngon-po) (by George N. Roerich)
Chapter 6 - Lineage of the pratimokṣa vow < [Book 1 - The beginning of the story of the Doctrine]
Chapter 2 - Spa tshab together with his lineage < [Book 6 - The Origin of the Mādhyamika (middle way)]
Chapter 5a - Minor lineages (brgyud phran gyi skabs) < [Book 12 - Peace-Making Lineages]
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)