'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra

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'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra

Post by Coëmgenu » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:12 pm

A lot of Mahāyāna sūtrāṇi have short names (e.g. Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtram), and also longer names (e.g. something "like" Āryasaddharmapuṇḍarīkanāmamahāyānasūtram). The "ārya" prefix makes sense, but what of the "nāma" infix?

I presume this means something like "named". So Āryasaddharmapuṇḍarīkanāmamahāyānasūtram would be something like "The Noble Sublime Dharma's White Lotus Named Great Vehicle Scripture". But nāma doesn't look like any sort of past tense I have ever seen.

Is the usage of "nāma" as an infix here related to the usage of "gāmi" as an infix in constructions like asaṁskṛtagāmimārgaḥ (Pāli: asaṅkhatagāmimaggo)?
佛子。如來智慧。無相智慧。無閡智慧。具足在於眾生身中。但愚癡眾生顛倒想覆。不知不見不生信心。
O, sons and daughters. The Thus-Gone's wisdom. The signless wisdom. The unobstructed wisdom. It perfectly dwells within all sentient beings’ minds. Yet in ignorance, sentient beings err and think it covered. Not knowing, not seeing, not giving rise to faith.
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Re: 'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra

Post by Wayfarer » Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:49 am

At a guess, I think ‘nama’ has an esoteric dimension, as for example in the invocation ‘namo tassa bhagavato...’ which every Buddhist recites. So it is more like an invocation than a grammatical signifier - like ‘the holy name’, the recitation or saying of which itself conveys blessings or causes one to remember or realise the truth of the teaching.
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Re: 'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra

Post by Temicco » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:19 am

Coëmgenu wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:12 pm
A lot of Mahāyāna sūtrāṇi have short names (e.g. Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtram), and also longer names (e.g. something "like" Āryasaddharmapuṇḍarīkanāmamahāyānasūtram). The "ārya" prefix makes sense, but what of the "nāma" infix?

I presume this means something like "named". So Āryasaddharmapuṇḍarīkanāmamahāyānasūtram would be something like "The Noble Sublime Dharma's White Lotus Named Great Vehicle Scripture". But nāma doesn't look like any sort of past tense I have ever seen.

Is the usage of "nāma" as an infix here related to the usage of "gāmi" as an infix in constructions like asaṁskṛtagāmimārgaḥ (Pāli: asaṅkhatagāmimaggo)?
It's just a typical bahuvrihi/exocentric compound.

e.g. daza-grIva="ten necks" (as a plain karmadharaya) OR "ten-necked one" (as a bahuvrihi)

XYZ-nAma="name of XYZ" OR "one who has the name of XYZ"
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Re: 'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra

Post by Temicco » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:26 am

Wayfarer wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:49 am
At a guess, I think ‘nama’ has an esoteric dimension, as for example in the invocation ‘namo tassa bhagavato...’ which every Buddhist recites. So it is more like an invocation than a grammatical signifier - like ‘the holy name’, the recitation or saying of which itself conveys blessings or causes one to remember or realise the truth of the teaching.
these are different words. nAman ("name") vs. namas ("bowing")
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