Upagupta: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Upagupta (उपगुप्त):—Son of Upaguru (son of Satyaratha). He was a partial expansion of the fire-god (Agni). He had a son named Vasvananta. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.13.24-25)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—A King of the Candravaṃśa (Lunar dynasty). (See under Genealogy).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—The son of Upaguru and an aṃśa of Agni. Father of Vasvananta.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 13. 24-5.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Upagupta (उपगुप्त) is the name of a Bhikṣu according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “five hundred years after the Buddha’s parinirvāṇa, there was a Bhikṣu called Yeou po kiu (Upagupta); he was an Arhat with the six abhijñās; at that time he was the great teacher of Jambudvīpa. At that time, there was a one hundred and twenty year-old Bhikṣuṇī who had seen the Buddha when she was young. One day Upagupta went to her cell to ask her about the behavior of the Buddha when he was visiting”.

Note: The Buddha foretold to Ānanda the birth of Upagupta five hundred years after the parinirvāṇa. The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra has Upagupta as a patriarch (Ācārya), calling him the great teacher of Jambudvīpa. However, Upagupta appears in the list of the patriarchs only in the Sarvāstivādin sources.

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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)

Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Buddhism

Arya Sanavasika and Upagupta II (1470-1390 BCE) were the junior contemporaries of Madhyandina. Mahendra, the son of Sudhanu became the King. Chamasa, the son of Mahendra, succeeded him.

Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Upagupta (c. 3rd Century BC) was a Buddhist monk. According to some stories in the Sanskrit text Ashokavadana, he was the spiritual teacher of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka. Upagupta’s teacher was Sanavasi who was a disciple of Ānanda, the Buddha’s attendant.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—a. Hidden, concealed; °वित्त (vitta) whose wealth is concealed.

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

Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—name of an alakṣaṇaka (q.v.) Buddha: Divyāvadāna 348.24 ff.; converts Māra, 357.3 ff.; 385.7 ff.; 428.4; Avadāna-śataka ii.203.1 (here called Sthavira-Upa°) ff.; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.4.2 ff.; see next.

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

1) Upagupta (उपगुप्त):—[=upa-gupta] [from upa-gup] mfn. hidden, concealed

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a king.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upagupta (उपगुप्त):—[upa-gupta] (ptaḥ-ptā-ptaṃ) p. Concealed.

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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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