Shuddhavasa, aka: Suddhavāsa, Śuddhāvāsa, Suddhāvāsā, Suddhāvāsa, Suddhavasa; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śuddhāvāsa can be transliterated into English as Suddhavasa or Shuddhavasa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Shuddhavasa in Mahayana glossaries]

Śuddhāvāsa (शुद्धावास) refers to the “pure abodes” according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The fourth dhyāna has eight stages (bhūmi): five stages are the abodes (sthāna) of the anāgāmins and are called the pure abodes (śuddhāvāsa); three stages are the shared abode of ordinary people (pṛthagjana) and saints (ārya). Beyond these eight stages are the abodes of the Bodhisattvas of the ten bhūmis: these are also called pure abodes (śuddhāvāsa). The Śuddhavāsikas are called Maheśvaradevarāja.

(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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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Shuddhavasa in Theravada glossaries]

A Pacceka Brahma who, with Subrahma, went to visit the Buddha, but, finding him in meditation during the noonday heat, went to see a certain Brahma who was infatuated with his own importance.

They told him of the greater power and majesty of the Buddha, whom they persuaded him to visit. S.i.146.

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The Pure Abodes; a name given to a group of Brahma worlds - the five highest Rupa worlds - consisting of

Aviha, Atappa, Sudassa, Sudassi and Akanittha (E.g., D.iii.237).

There anagamis are born, and there they attain arahantship; such anagamis are divided into twenty four classes (See, e.g., KhA.182f.; of. PSA. 319; Vsm.710).

Bodhisattas are never born there (SNA.i.50; BuA.224).

The Suddhavasa are described as buddhanam khandhavaratthanasadisa. Sometimes, for asankheyyas of kappas, when no Buddhas are born, these worlds remain empty (AA.ii.808; cf. MA.i.30).

The Buddha is mentioned as having visited the Suddhavasa (E.g., D.ii.50). When a Buddha is about to be born, the inhabitants of the Suddhavasa insert a knowledge of the signs of a Great Being in the Vedas and teach this among men in the guise of brahmins, calling such knowledge buddhamanta. Men learn it and are thus able to recognize a Great Being (MA.ii.761; SNA.ii.448). The inhabitants of the Suddhavasa know how many Buddhas will be born in any particular kappa by observing the number of lotuses which spring up on the site of the Bodhi pallanka when the earth gradually emerges after the destruction of the world (DA.ii.411). It is the Suddhavasa Brahmas who provide the four omens which lead to a Bodhisattas renunciation in his last lay life. See, e.g., DA.ii.455f.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

the 'Pure Abodes', are a group of 5 heavens belonging to the fine-material world (rūpa-loka, s. loka), where only the Non-returners (s. anāgāmī, q.v.) are reborn, and in which they attain Arahatship and Nibbāna (ariya-puggala).

The names of the inhabitants of these Pure Abodes are: āviha, ātappa, Sudassa, Sudassī, Akanittha. Cf. anāgāmī.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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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).

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Shuddhavasa in Buddhism glossaries]

One of the Arupyadhatu Devas:

The Suddhavasa devas are the rebirths of Anagamins, Buddhist religious practitioners who died just short of attaining the state of Arhat (Brahma Sahampati, who appealed to the newly enlightened Buddha to teach, was an Anagami from a previous Buddha[1]). They guard and protect Buddhism on earth, and will pass into enlightenment as Arhats when they pass away from the Suddhavasa worlds. The highest of these worlds is called Akanistha.

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(Source): WikiPedia: Buddhism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Shuddhavasa in Pali glossaries]

suddhāvāsa : (m.) the pure abode (in Brahma heaven).

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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