Suvishuddha, Suviśuddha: 3 definitions



Suvishuddha 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.

The Sanskrit term Suviśuddha can be transliterated into English as Suvisuddha or Suvishuddha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

Suviśuddha (सुविशुद्ध) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Suviśuddha is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous (S) next»] — Suvishuddha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Suviśuddha (सुविशुद्ध).—(1) name of a former Buddha: Mahāvastu i.139.7; (2) m. or (°dhā) f., name of a lokadhātu: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 205.8 (verse; °dha n. sg., could be for °dhā m.c.).

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Suviśuddhā (सुविशुद्धा).—name of a devakumārikā in the southern quarter: Mahāvastu iii.307.9 (= Suprabuddhā of Lalitavistara).

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

1) Suviśuddha (सुविशुद्ध):—[=su-viśuddha] [from su > su-yaj] mfn. perfectly pure, [Mahābhārata; Subhāṣitāvali]

2) [v.s. ...] (with Buddhists) Name of a [particular] world, [Saddharma-puṇḍarīka]

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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 (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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