Shucimukhi, Sucimukhī, Śucimukhī, Sucimukhi: 5 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Śucimukhī can be transliterated into English as Sucimukhi or Shucimukhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Shuchimukhi.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Śucimukhī (शुचिमुखी).—Companion maid of Prabhāvatī, daughter of Vajranābha. (See under Prabhāvatī V).
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
She once saw Sariputta in Rajagaha eating his meal, which he had begged from house to house, leaning against a wall. Sucimukhi asked him why he looked downwards while eating. When Sariputta disclaimed doing so, she asked him, respectively, why he ate looking upwards, towards the four quarters, between the four quarters. He denied the truth of all her statements, and then explained to her his reason for his denial. He lived neither by such low arts as divination, nor by star gazing, going errands, or palmistry.
Sucimukhi understood, and went about Rajagaha praising the blamelessness of Sakiyan monks. S.iii.238f.; SA.ii.253.
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Śucimukhī (शुचिमुखी) is the name of a Brahmacariṇī according to the mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter VI. Accordingly, “Śāriputra entered the city to beg his food; when he had obtained it, he sat down against a wall to eat. Then a Brahmacariṇī named Tsing mou (Śucimukhī) came to see Śāriputra and asked him...”.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Śucimukhī (शुचिमुखी):—[=śuci-mukhī] [from śuci > śuc] f. Name of a female flamingo, [Harivaṃśa]
2) [v.s. ...] the plant Sanseviera Zeylanica, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]
3) Sūcīmukhī (सूचीमुखी):—[=sūcī-mukhī] [from sūcī-mukha > sūcī > sūc] f. a female bird, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]
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 1 - The Śucimukhī-sūtra < [Chapter VI - The Great Bhikṣu Saṃgha]
Part 3 - Explanation of the word Bhikṣu < [Chapter VI - The Great Bhikṣu Saṃgha]
The Life of Sariputta (by Nyanaponika Thera)
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)