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Sugata (T. bde bar gshegs pa; C. shanshi; J. zenzei), literally "well gone"[1] or "one who had gone to bliss",[2] is an epithet for Gautama Buddha.[1][2][3][4][5]

According to Bhikkhu Khantipalo, a scholar in the Pali tradition, the term "sugato" can be translated as "auspicious", "fortunate" or more literally "well gone", "one who has gone to goodness", "one whose going was good". This refers to both the fact that the Buddha's nirvana was good and that his awakening was a good for the world.[6]

According to Haribhadra, a scholar in the Sanskrit tradition, the Buddha is called the sugata because he is one from whom all faults have gone, and one into whom all good qualities have gone.[1]

Other epithets for the Buddha

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. sugata.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rangjung a-circle30px.jpg Sugata, Rangjung Yeshe Wiki
  3. Harris 2008, p. 10.
  4. Thaplyal 1972, p. 74.
  5. Sanskrit Dictionary, sugata
  6. Laurence-Khantipalo Mills. p. 53.


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