Vipubbaka; 2 Definition(s)


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Vipubbaka (विपुब्बक) in Pali refers to a “rotten corpse” and represents the third of the “nine horrible notions” (asubhasaññā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 35. These nine notions of the horrible eliminate the seven types of lust (saptavidha-rāga) in people. By means of the meditation on the nine notions [viz., Vipubbaka], the minds of lust (rāga) are eliminated, but hatred (dveṣa) and delusion (moha) are also decreased. These nine notions eventually lead to the enjoyment of the eternal bliss of Nirvāṇa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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Vipubbaka, (adj.) (fr. vi+pubba1) full of corruption or matter, festering (said of a dead body). The contemplation (saññā) of a festering corpse is one of the asubhakammaṭṭhānas.—M. I, 58, 88; III, 91; A. III, 324. ‹-› As °saññā: A. II, 17; V, 310; Dhs. 264; Nett 27; Miln. 102, 332; Vism. 110, 178, 193. (Page 627)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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