Simhahanu, Siṃhahanu, Simha-hanu: 5 definitions

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Simhahanu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Siṃhahanu (सिंहहनु) is the name of an ancient king of the solar clan (āditagotra or sūryavaṃśa) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). Accordingly, “Once there was a king of the solar clan (āditagotra) named Siṃhahanu. This king had four sons: 1) Śuddhodana, 2) Śuklodana, 3) Droṇodana, 4) Amṛtārasa”.

Note: Here the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra adopts the genealogy of the Mahāvastu I. The Fo pen hing tsi king gives the same information. On the other hand, the Mūlasarvāstivādin Vinaya attributes four sons and four daughters to Siṃhahana: Śuddhodana, Śuklodana, Droṇodana, Amṛtodana, Śuddhā, Śuklā, Droṇā, Amṛtā. According to the Singhalese chronicles (Dīpavaṃsa III.45; Mahāvaṃsa II.20), Sīhahanu had five sons and two daughters: Suddhodana, Dhotodana, Sakkodana, Sukkodana, Amitodana, Amitā, Pamitā. The genealogy proposed by the Che eul yeou king requires the greatest stretch of the imagination.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Siṃhahanu (सिंहहनु) or Siṃhahanutā refers to “his jaw is like a lion’s” and represents the twenty-fifth of the “thirty-two marks of a great man” (lakṣaṇa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 83). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., siṃha-hanu). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: academia.edu: A Prayer for Rebirth in the Sukhāvatī

Siṃhahanu (सिंहहनु) refers to “jaws like a lion’s” and represents the eleventh of the thirty-two major marks of distinction (lakṣaṇa) mentioned in the Sukhāvatī and following the order, but not always the exact wording, of the Mahāvyutpatti (236-67). In Tibetan, the characteristic called Siṃhahanu is known as ‘’gram pa seng ge ’dra ba’. The Sukhāvatī represents a prayer for rebirth which was composed by Karma chags med, a Karma bka’ brgyud master, who lived in the seventeenth century.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Siṃhahanu (सिंहहनु).—(1) (= Pali Sīhahanu), name of a Śākyan king, father of Śuddhodana: Mahāvyutpatti 3598; Mahāvastu i.352.12 f.; 355.19 f.; ii.37.17; only the Bodhisattva proved able to wield his bow, Mahāvastu ii.76.4; Lalitavistara 154.15; (2) name of a Buddha in the east: Mahāvastu i.123.9; (3) name of a disciple of Śākyamuni: Mahāvastu i.182.17; (4) name of Māra's general (senāpati): Lalitavistara 303.1.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Siṃhahanu (सिंहहनु):—[=siṃha-hanu] [from siṃha] mfn. having the jaws of a lion, [Buddhist literature] (-tā f. one of the 32 signs of perfection, [Dharmasaṃgraha 83])

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of the grandfather of Gautama Buddha, [ib.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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