Shubhagupta, aka: Śubhagupta; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śubhagupta can be transliterated into English as Subhagupta or Shubhagupta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Śubhagupta (शुभगुप्त) is one of the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata, mentioned in a list of twenty-two in to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13.—They were at the head of countless thousands of koṭinayuta of Bodhisattva-mahāsattvas who were all still awaiting succession and will still accede to Buddhahood. He is known as Śubhagupta according to the Pañcaviṃśati (Guhagupta, according to the Śatasāhasrikā). He is also known as Sing tö.

Śubhagupta is one of the sixteen classified as a lay (gṛhastha) Bodhisattva: Śubhagupta, a merchant’s son (śreṣṭhiputra), lives in Tchan po (Campā).

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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