84000 Glossary of Terms

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ཚངས་པ་གཙུག་ཕུད་ཅན། | Glossary of Terms

    ཚངས་པ་གཙུག་ཕུད་ཅན།

    tshangs pa gtsug phud can

    Brahmā Śikhin

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  • Brahmā Śikhin
  • ཚངས་པ་གཙུག་ཕུད་ཅན།
  • tshangs pa gtsug phud can
  • Brahmā Śikhin

In some canonical sources, this name denotes Brahmā Sahāmpati, the lord of the Sahā universe who famously asked the Buddha Śākyamuni to teach for the first time. See, for example, Tathāgatācintya­guhya­nirdeśa (Toh 47), Lalita­vistara (Toh 95), and Tathāgata­mahā­karuṇā­nirdeśa (Toh 147). But in another canonical text, Saddharma­puṇḍarīka (Toh 113), it is used for a different Brahmā god. The current sūtra does not provide enough context to allow us to determine which of these two gods is under discussion.