Upasthayaka, Upasthāyaka: 3 definitions
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Upasthāyaka (उपस्थायक) refers to the “assistants” of the Buddha, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLI. Accordingly, “the assistants (upasthāyaka) such as Lo-t’o (Rādha), Mi-hi-kia (Meghika), Siu-na-tch’a-to-lo (Sunakṣetra), Na-k’ie-so-p’o-lo (Nāgasamāla), A-nan (Ānanda), etc., who followed the Buddha, brought him his utensils”.
Notes: Each Buddha had his assistant (upasthāyaka), a monk specially attached to his person, entrusted with fanning him, carrying his robe and bowl for alms-round, introducing visitors. The Sanskrit Mahāvadānasūtra has drawn up a list of the assistants who served the last seven Buddhas: Aśoka for Vipaśyin, Kṣemakāra for Śikhin, Upaśanta for Viśvabhuj, Bhadrika for Krakasunda (or Krakucchanda), Svastika for Kanakamuni, Sarvamitra for Kāśyapa, and finally Ānanda for Śākyamuni.
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-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) A servant.
2) A follower of Buddha.
Derivable forms: upasthāyakaḥ (उपस्थायकः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Upasthāyaka (उपस्थायक).—m., f. °ikā; rarely (Divy 426.27; MSV i.30.10; 90.7) m. °ika (once also upasthāka, q.v.; Sanskrit seems to have m. °ika very rarely, see pw, but no °aka; Pali only upaṭṭhāka recorded), servant, attendant: SP 95.9 (verse) °kā nitya parasya; 215.6 bhagavataś caite putrā bhagavataś copasthāyakā(ḥ); 245.1 te buddhā bhagavanta upasthāyakadvitīyā upasthāyakatṛtīyā(ḥ); 293.4; LV 91.17 (verse) upasthāyikās (f.) te vayaṃ, and 19; 421.18 (verse), read, teṣa munina ye (ed. muninaye) upasthāyakāḥ; Mv i.249.1 °yako; 251.22 Ānando…upasthāyako (sc. of Śākyamuni) bhaviṣyati; 322.18 teṣāṃ (of aged parents) nāsty anyo upasthāyako, and similarly ii.214.5; i.326.5 ff. °yako, attendant of a Buddha (like Ānanda, above); f. °yikā ii.433.14; °yikāye (so read with v.l. for °yakāye) 467.3; (chandako…bhagavato kumārabhūtasya) upas- thāyako iii.91.8; vaidyabhaiṣajyopasthāyaka-…pratya- yasaṃpadam Gv 328.8; upasthāyaka Divy 35.25; 50.27 (glānopa°); 90.13 (buddhānāṃ); 612.2 (Ānando nāma śramaṇagautamasya); in 426.27 upasthāyikāś, n. pl. m., all mss., while in 29 below all have vaidyopasthāyakāś ca visarjitāḥ, of the same persons.
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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Partial matches: Upa.
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