Vemacitrin: 3 definitions

Introduction

Vemacitrin means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vemachitrin.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Vemacitrin (वेमचित्रिन्) is the name of an asura of olden times subdued by the Buddha mentioned in order to demonstrate the fearlessness of the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XL.1.4. Accordingly, “He guided the minds of the great asuras such as Pi-mo-tche-ti-li (Vemacitrin), etc., and all became his disciples”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (V) next»] — Vemacitrin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vemacitrin (वेमचित्रिन्).—(also °tra, q.v., 2, and Vaimacitra; = Pali Vepacitti), name of a prince of the asuras: °trī, n. sg., Lalitavistara 241.3; Mahāvastu iii.138.2; 254.9; Divyāvadāna 182.13; Avadāna-śataka i.108.10; °trir, n. sg., Divyāvadāna 126.8; °triṇā (v.l. °treṇa) Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 5.3; °citri- (stem) (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 655.11; 663.21.

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Vemacitrin (वेमचित्रिन्) or Vaimacitra or Vemacitra.—(perhaps mere cor-ruption or hyper-Sanskritism): Thomas ap. Hoernle [Manuscript Remains of Buddhist literature found in Eastern Turkestan] 105.9.

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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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