Trisahasramahasahasra, aka: Trisāhasramahāsāhasra, Trisahasra-mahasahasra; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Trisāhasramahāsāhasra (त्रिसाहस्रमहासाहस्र) is short for Trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu and refers to the trichiliomegachiliocosm type of lokadhatu (world-system).

According to chapter 50, “the trisāhasramahāsāhasra including a billion universes of four continents. The trisāhasramahāsāhasras are distributed in the ten directions of space: east, south, west, north, north-east, north-west, south east, south west, nadir and zenith, and they are, in each of these ten directions, as numerous as the sands of one or several Ganges. The majority also constitute Buddha-fields (buddhakṣetra) where a Tathāgata ‘resides, lives, exists and teaches the Dharma for the welfare and benefit of many beings’’. These Tathāgatas, whose number is incalculable if not infinite, are the Buddhas of the present: they were preceded by and will be followed in time by innumerable Buddhas of the past and the future”.

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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Trisāhasramahāsāhasra (त्रिसाहस्रमहासाहस्र).—(tri-sāhasra-mahāsāhasra), adj. m. or (°rā) f., or in comp., with lokadhātu (which in BHS is both m. and f., in Pali app. only f.; compare Pali sahassī, see BHS tri-sā- hasrī, also ti-, mahā-, which acc. to Childers are synonyms in Pali; no numeral mahāsahasra seems recorded in BHS and it is not clear what precise meaning, if any, attaches to mahāsāhasra; in Mvy 7999 ff. and Mmk 343.16 ff. mahā- cpd. with other numbers means ten times the number), (world system) consisting of a ‘triple thousand great thousand’ (worlds): °ra-lokadhātu, cpd., LV 319.3; 377.4; Suv 8.6, 9; 86.4; masc. forms, °ro, °raṃ (acc.), etc., Mvy 226; 3044; LV 276.19; 393.18; 405.2; 410.12, 22; Mv i.40.6; ii.300.16 (mss.); 301.2, 8 (mss.); 349.3 (mss.; prec. by fem. adj.); Divy 68.23; 139.3; 158.6; 266.14; 367.21; Av i.5.10; 11.8 etc.; Samādh 8.9; 19.6; RP 2.11; fem. forms, Mv i.214.12 = ii.17.11 °rāyāṃ °dhātūyāṃ (loc.); ii.281.16; 301.12; 314.10; Suv 87.6 °rāyāṃ °dhātau; Śikṣ 138.10 id.; see also trisahasra, and items here adjoining.

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