Uttaraparima, Uttaraparimā, Uttara-parima: 1 definition

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Uttaraparima means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Uttaraparimā (“north-east”) represents one of the “four intermediate directions” (vidiś in Sanskrit, vidisā in Pali), itself part of the “ten directions” (diś in Sanskrit or disā in Pali) according to an appendix included in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). Uttaraparimā is a Pali word which is known in Sanskrit as uttarapūrvā, in Tibetan as byaṅ-śar and in Chinese as tong-pei.

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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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