Definition of Vaibhasika
: a Hinayana Buddhist philosophical school of realism derived from the Sarvastivadin and found chiefly in Gandhara and Kashmir
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Origin and Etymology of vaibhasika
Sanskrit vaibhāṣika, from Vibhāṣā, a commentary on the Buddhist scriptures, from vibhāṣate it shines brightly, from vi apart, asunder + bhāṣate it shines; akin to Sanskrit bhāti it shines
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