Rupavacaradeva, aka: Rupavacara-deva, Rūpāvacaradeva; 1 Definition(s)


Rupavacaradeva 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Rupavacharadeva.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Rupavacaradeva in Buddhism glossaries]

Rūpāvacaradeva (रूपावचरदेव) refers to the “eighteen gods of the form-realms” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 128):

  1. brahmakāyika (the Brahma group),
  2. brahmapurohita (the ministers of Brahmā),
  3. brahmapārṣadya (Brahmā’s retinue),
  4. mahābrahmāṇa (great Brahmās),
  5. parīttābha (limited radiance),
  6. apramāṇābha (unbounded radiance),
  7. ābhāsvara (streaming radiance),
  8. parīttaśubha (limited beauty),
  9. śubhakṛtsna (refulgent beauty),
  10. anabhraka (cloudless),
  11. puṇyaprasava (the fruit of merit),
  12. bṛhatphala (great fruit),
  13. asaṃjñisattvā (unconscious beings).
  14. avṛha (steadfast),
  15. atapa (untroubled),
  16. sudṛśa (beautiful),
  17. sudarśana (clear-sighted),
  18. akaniṣṭha (the highest).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., rūpāvacara-deva). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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