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Lokottara

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(Sanskrit; Pāli, lokuttara, supermundane). Things related to salvation and the quest for nirvāṇa as opposed to the mundane world (see laukika). The term is used especially of the ‘four paths and four fruits’ associated with the Noble Path (ārya-mārga). In Mahāyāna Buddhism, the Buddha is thought to be supermundane and is regarded as a transcendent being of limitless wisdom and power.

Supramundane, transcendental.

Transcendent; supramundane (see magga, phala, and nibbana).

Lokuttara means greater than worldly things, higher than worldly thing, beyond worldly thing, or supramundane.

Lokuttara is beyond the world.

'supermundane',

is a term for the 4 paths and 4 fruitions of sotāpatti, etc. (s. ariya-puggala), with Nibbāna as ninth.

Hence one speaks of '9 supermundane things' (nava-lokuttara-dhamma). Cf. prec.

Cittas which experience;

Loka + Uttara = Lokuttara. Here Loka, means the five aggregates. Uttara means above, beyond or that which transcends. It is the supra mundane consciousness that enables one to transcend this world of mind body

See also Lokottara-vāda.

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