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devāvatāra. (T. lha yul nas babs pa; C. tianxialai/Tianxiachu 天下來/天下處). Literally, “descent from the deva realm.” This term refers to the Buddha’s return to the human realm after he taught the abhidharma to his mother in the "realm of the thirty-three" (Trāyastriṃśa).[1][2]

Devāvatāra is also an alternate name for the city of Sāṃkāśya, which is the site where the Buddha descended to upon his return to the human realm.[3]

See also:


  1. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. devāvatāra.
  2. Internet-icon.svg lha yul nas babs pa, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  3. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Sāṃkāśya.


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