Dharmaguptaka: 1 definition
Dharmaguptaka means something in Buddhism , Pali. 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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Source : WikiPedia: Buddhism The Dharmaguptaka are one of the eighteen or twenty schools of Early Buddhism, depending on ones source. It originated from another sect, Mahisasaka. It had a prominent role in early Central Asian and Chinese Buddhism, and its monastic rules are still in effect in some East Asian countries to this day.
The Dharmaguptaka vinaya, or "monastic rules", are still followed today in Taiwan, China and Vietnam as well as some of sects in Japan and Korea and its lineage for the ordination of nuns (bhikkhuni) has survived uninterrupted to this day.
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Item last updated: 26 April, 2009