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“A Dharma-Transmitter Who Traveled to Sung China”

Steven Heine.

in Did Dogen Go to China?

June 2006; published online May 2006.

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 17030 words.

Dōgen was the second in a succession of Japanese monks who went to China in pursuit of true Buddhism, then returned to Japan to establish Zen temples. This chapter details the route...

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“A Mother’s Heart Is Tender”

Reiko Ohnuma.

in Ties That Bind

July 2012; published online September 2012.

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 11220 words.

This chapter argues that mother-love is highly idealized in Indian Buddhist literature as the most intense, compassionate, and self-sacrificing type of love possible. As such, mother-love...

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abhabba-ṠṠhāna

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism.

(Pāli, impossibility). List of nine things of which an Arhat is said to be morally incapable. These are (1–4) breaking the first four of the Five Precepts (pañca-śīla), (5) storing up goods, and...

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abhabba-ṭṭhāna

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; published online January 2004.

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 47 words.

(Pāli, impossibility).

List of nine things of which an Arhat is said to be morally incapable. These are (1–4) breaking

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ābhassara

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(Pāli, radiant). Name of a class of devas or heavenly beings who reside in the Form Realm (rūpa-dhātu). Their ethereal natures are said to be suffused with joy (pīti) and love (maitrī).

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ābhassara

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; published online January 2004.

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 35 words.

(Pāli, radiant).

Name of a class of devas or heavenly beings who reside in the Form Realm (rūpa-dhātu).

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Abhayagiri

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A major ancient monastic complex in Anurādhapura.Sri Lanka.also known as Uttaravihāra. Founded by King Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya in the 1st century bce it consisted of a monastery (vihāra) and a stūpa.but...

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Abhayagiri

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; published online January 2004.

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 380 words.

A major ancient monastic complex in Anurādhapura, Sri Lanka, also known as Uttaravihāra. Founded by King Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya

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abhaya-mudrā

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism.

(Skt., ‘fearlessness’ + mudra).

The gesture of being without fear (only acquired in full in the condition of mokṣa).

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abhaya-mudrā

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; published online January 2004.

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 102 words.

(Skt., gesture of fearlessness).

Iconographic hand gesture (mudrā) whose purpose is to dispel fear and communicate protection, benevolence,

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