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Abhayagiri
Abhayagiri (Sanskrit) [from a not + bhaya fear + giri mountain, hill] Mount Fearless; a mountain in Sri Lanka. According to Fa-hien, the Chinese traveler, in 400 AD. Abhayagiri had an ancient Buddhist vihara (monastery) of some 5,000 priest and ascetics, whose studies comprised both the Mahayana and Hinayana systems, as well as Triyana (three paths), "the three successive degrees of Yoga. . . . Tradition says that owing to bigoted intolerance and persecution, they left Ceylon and passed beyond the Himalayas, where they have remained ever since" (TG 2-3).
Abhayagiri-vasinah [from vas to dwell, inhabit] Dwellers on Mount Fearless; also a branch of Katyayana's disciples (3rd century BC).



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