Vishvabhu, aka: Viśvabhū; 2 Definition(s)
Vishvabhu 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.
The Sanskrit term Viśvabhū can be transliterated into English as Visvabhu or Vishvabhu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Viśvabhū (विश्वभू) or “victorious over all” is the name of a Buddha according to the according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV).—Accordingly, “One thing that is difficult to find is a Buddha Bhagavat. It takes innumerable koṭi of kalpas to find one. In 91 kalpas, there have been only three Buddhas. Before the good kalpa (bhadrakalpa), during the 91st kalpa, there was a Buddha called Vipaśyin, “views of all kinds”; during the 31st kalpa, there were two Buddhas; the first was called Śikhin, “fire”, and the second Viśvabhū, “victorious over all”. During the good kalpa, there were four Buddhas, Krakucchanda, Kanakamuni “golden sage”, Kaśyapa and Śākyamuni. Except for these kalpas, all the others were empty (śūnya), lacking Buddhas and miserable”.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Viśvabhū (विश्वभू) refers to the third of the “seven Buddhas” (saptatathāgata) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 6). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., saptatathāgata and Viśvabhū). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
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The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
Part 5 - Teaching impermanence through teaching how the victorious ones and their sons attain nirvana < [B. The extended explanation]
The Indian Buddhist Iconography (by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya)
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Chapter XXI - Former Buddhas < [Volume III]
Chapter XXIX - The Buddha in Veśālī (Vaiśālī) < [Volume I]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
II. Real longevity of the buddhas < [Part 16 - Obtaining the immense longevity and immense radiance of the Buddhas]
5. The four ‘vilokanas’ and the entry into the womb < [Part 4 - The Bodhisattva in the Abhidharma system]
Act 9.2: Examination of the plurality of Buddha < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)