Tathagatagarbha, Tathāgatagarbha, Tathagata-garbha: 5 definitions


Tathagatagarbha 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)

[«previous next»] — Tathagatagarbha in Mahayana glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Thought of buddha natureas depicted in the Lankavatara-sutra

Tathāgatagarbha (तथागतगर्भ) literature, which carries the thought of the Buddha-nature or Tathāgatagarbha, is considered one of the main streams of the Mahāyāna literature. This literature is not the property of any identical person, group or school in Indian Buddhism. Arising between the third and the fourth century CE in India, the Tathāgatagarbha literature has been quickly introduced and translated into Chinese, and has contributed to the rise and development of the thought of Chinese Buddhist schools.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tathagatagarbha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Tathāgatagarbha (तथागतगर्भ).—m., (1) in Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra according to Suzuki (see Studies 405 with references), the womb where the T. is conceived and nourished and matured = the Ālayavijñāna fully purified of its…vāsanā and…dauṣṭhulya: Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 77.14 ff., etc.; (2) name of a Bodhisattva: Mahāvyutpatti 669.

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

Tathāgatagarbha (तथागतगर्भ):—[=tathā-gata-garbha] [from tathā-gata > ta-thā > tat] m. Name of a Bodhi-sattva, [Buddhist literature; cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Tathagatagarbha in German

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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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