Upagupta; 8 Definition(s)
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
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: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—A King of the Candravaṃśa (Lunar dynasty). (See under Genealogy).Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—The son of Upaguru and an aṃśa of Agni. Father of Vasvananta.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 13. 24-5.
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
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.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
General definition (in 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: academia.edu: The Chronological History of 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.Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism
Languages of India and abroad
Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—a. Hidden, concealed; °वित्त (vitta) whose wealth is concealed.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Upagupta (उपगुप्त).—n. of an alakṣaṇaka (q.v.) Buddha: Divy 348.24 ff.; converts Māra, 357.3 ff.; 385.7 ff.; 428.4; Av ii.203.1 (here called Sthavira-Upa°) ff.; MSV i.4.2 ff.; see next.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 5 - The legend of Upagupta < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Story of the lazy bhikṣu admonished by a demon < [Chapter XXVI - Exertion]
Act 9.6: Ratnākara approves of Samantaraśmi’s venture to the Sahā universe < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Buddhist records of the Western world (Xuanzang) (by Samuel Beal)
Chapter 7 - Country of Mo-t’u-lo (Mathura) < [Book IV - Fifteen Countries]
Chapter 15 - Country of Sin-tu (Sindh) < [Book XI - Twenty-three Countries]
Chapter 1 - Country of Mo-kie-t’o (Magadha), part 1 < [Book VIII and IX]
The Bhagavata Purana (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
In Asoka’s Footsteps (by Nina Van Gorkom)
The Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King (A Life of Buddha) (by Samuel Beal)
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CXXXVIII - Genealogy of royal princes (solar race) < [Brihaspati (Nitisara) Samhita]