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Kulaputra (Skt.; Wyl. rigs kyi bu) literally means “son of a/the family”. In the sutras this honorific form of address—and also the equivalent “daughter of a/the family”—is used in many dialogues when the Buddha or senior bodhisattvas are speaking of or to disciples, and is sometimes interpreted as meaning the sons or daughters of the Buddha’s “family”, i.e. bodhisattvas.[1]


  1. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, A Celebrity Falls Sick, page 71.

Alternative Translations

  • Noble Sir