Vasubandhu; 4 Definition(s)
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General definition (in Buddhism)(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary
Vasubandhu (वसुबन्धु).—According to Tibetan sources, Asaṅga (965-900 BCE) and Vasubandhu (963-883 BCE) were half-brothers from Puruṣapura of Gāndhāra Janapada and born 900 years after Buddha nirvana. Asaṅga’s father was a Kśatriya whereas Vasubandhu’s father was a Brāhmaṇa. Prasannaśīlā was the mother of Asaṅga and Vasubandhu. Professor J. Takakusu published “The Life of Vasubandhu by Paramārtha” in the year 1904. It is a translation from a Chinese manuscript. It states that a Kauśika Brāhmaṇa family of Puruṣapura (Peshawar) had three sons, Asaṅga, Vasubandhu and Viriñchivatsa.
Vasubandhu authored the famous text Abhidhamma Kośa. King Bālāditya (also known as Gambhirapaksha and Chandraprakasha) became the King of Ayodhyā after the death of his father Vikramāditya. King Bālāditya invited Vasubandhu to Ayodhyā. Vasubandhu debated with Vasurāta, a grammarian who was the brother-in-law of King Bālāditya. He also debated with Sanghabhadra, a Hīnayāna scholar. Bhartṛhari, the author of “Vākyapadīyam”, was the son and pupil of Vasurāta.(Source): academia.edu: The Chronological History of Buddhism
India history and geogprahy
Vasubandhu (950-870 BCE).—Chinese translation of Paramartha’s “Life of Vasubandhu” tells us that Vas ubandhu’s teacher Budhamitra was in the court of King Pi-ka-la-ma-a-chi-ta (Vikramaditya) of A-yu-ja (Ayodhya). The crown prince and the son of Vikramaditya was Ba-la-chi-ti-ya (Baladitya). After the death of Vikramaditya, Baladitya became the king. He invited Vasubandhu to Ayodhya. Vasubandhu accepted the invitation of King Baladitya and settled in Ayodhya. Evidently, Vikramaditya was Chandragupta and Baladitya was Chnadrapraksha as mentioned in Vamana’s Kavyalankara -Sutravritti.(Source): academia.edu: Who was the Indian King Sandrokottus?
Vasubandhu (960-880 BCE).—Though Buddhism was introduced in Tibet during the time of Samantabhadra (16th century BCE) but Acharya Vetalakshema [Garab Dorje] (1321-1221 BCE) was the first teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. It appears that early Tibetan Buddhists followed Indian Buddhist scholars like Vasubandhu.(Source): academia.edu: The Chronological History of Tibetan Buddhism
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
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Search found 15 books and stories containing Vasubandhu. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Abhidharmakośa (by Vasubandhu)
Buddhist records of the Western world (Xuanzang) (by Samuel Beal)
Chapter 2 - Country of ’O-yu-t’o (Ayodhya) < [Book V - Six Countries]
Chapter 10 - Country of Mo-ti-pu-lo (Matipura) < [Book IV - Fifteen Countries]
Chapter 8 - Country of Fa-li-pi (Valabhi) < [Book XI - Twenty-three Countries]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 4 - The Bodhisattva in the Abhidharma system < [Chapter VIII - The Bodhisattvas]
Appendix 3 - The three characteristics of Conditioned Dharmas (saṃskṛtadharma) < [Chapter XXXI - The Thirty-seven Auxiliaries to Enlightenment]
Appendix 3 - The traditions regarding Kātyāyana < [Chapter III - General Explanation of Evam Maya Śruta]
Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Andreas Kretschmar)
Text Section 244 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Section 40 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 10 - The Schools of Theravada Buddhism < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
Part 11 - Mahāyānism < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
Part 19 - Brief survey of the evolution of Buddhist Thought < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 2 - Thought and its Object in Buddhism and in Vedānta < [Chapter XI - The Śaṅkara School of Vedānta (continued)]
Part 5 - Vedānta Doctrine of Soul and the Buddhist Doctrine of Soullessness < [Chapter XI - The Śaṅkara School of Vedānta (continued)]
Part 19 - The Dialectic of Nāgārjuna and the Vedānta Dialectic < [Chapter XI - The Śaṅkara School of Vedānta (continued)]