Vaipulya: 9 definitions


Vaipulya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

 Vaipulya (वैपुल्य, “developed”) refers to one of the twelve members of Buddhist texts (dvādaśāṅga), according to a note attached to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 51.—Vaipulya refers to the Mahāyānasūtras, for example:

  1. Pan-jo-lo-mi king (Prajñāpāramitāsūtra),
  2. Lieou-po-lo-li king (Ṣaṭpāramitāsūtra),
  3. Houa-cheou king (Kuśalamūlasaṃparigrahasūtra),
  4. Fa-houa king (Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra),
  5. Fo-pen-k’i-yin-yuan king,
  6. Yun king (Meghasūtra),
  7. Ta-yun king (Mahāmeghasūtra, perhaps T 387).

Innumerable and incalculable are the sūtras of this kind preached for the obtaining of supreme perfect enlightenment.

2) Vaipulya (वैपुल्य) is the name of a mountain, as mentioned in the Tiṃsamattā-sutta (or Lohita-sūtra), according to chapter XLIII.—Accordingly, “the bones (asthi) that a single man leaves during a single kalpa surpasses in height the great mountain Pi-feou-lo (Vaipulya).—[A note in the K’i-tan says: This is an Indian mountain and as the natives see it constantly, it is easy to believe it]. Thus, the man undergoes the sufferings of saṃsāra during innumerable kalpas”.

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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: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Vaipulya (वैपुल्य, “elaboration”) refers to one of the “nine (types of) teachings” (sūtra) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 62). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., vaipulya). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vaipulya (वैपुल्य).—n S Abundance, copiousness, plenty.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

vaipulya (वैपुल्य).—n Abundance, plenty.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaipulya (वैपुल्य).—

1) Spaciousness, largeness.

2) Plenty, abundance.

Derivable forms: vaipulyam (वैपुल्यम्).

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

Vaipulya (वैपुल्य).—nt. (1) (also vaitulya, q.v., and see below; doubtless secondarily modified by confusion with Sanskrit vaipulya from vipula), (work of) great extent, or according to Burnouf, Intr. 62 f., development: as one of the 9 (Dharmasaṃgraha) or 12 (Mahāvyutpatti) types of works in the canon, Dharmasaṃgraha 62; Mahāvyutpatti 1276 (in this sense seems to correspond to Pali vedalla as one of the 9 aṅga of the canon, compare vaidalya); °lya-sūtra, applied by Saddharmapuṇḍarīka and Lalitavistara to their own texts and similar [Page511-a+ 71] works, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 1.3; 46.4; 98.3, 11; Lalitavistara 7.9; see also mahā-vai°, and refs. s.v. vaitulya; (2) name of a mountain: var. for Vaidalya (2), Daśabhūmikasūtra 96.2 (one of the ten great mountains of the earth; in Pali Vepulla is one of the mountains surrounding Rājagaha).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vaipulya (वैपुल्य).—n.

(-lyaṃ) 1. Abundance, plenty. 2. Largeness.

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

1) Vaipulya (वैपुल्य):—n. ([from] vi-pula) largeness, spaciousness, breadth, thickness, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Rājataraṅgiṇī; Kāraṇḍa-vyūha] etc.

2) a Sūtra of great extension, [Buddhist literature] (also -sūtra n.; cf. mahā-vaipulya-s)

3) m. Name of a mountain, [ib.]

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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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