Ashtottarasahasra, Ashtottara-sahasra, Aṣṭottarasahasra: 2 definitions


Ashtottarasahasra means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Aṣṭottarasahasra can be transliterated into English as Astottarasahasra or Ashtottarasahasra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Ashtottarasahasra in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Aṣṭottarasahasra (अष्टोत्तरसहस्र) refers to “1008” [one-thousand and eight] (recitations) (as part of an offering ritual), according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān teaches the offering of the root spell], “[...] Having placed a Nāga facing east, the spell-master should sit down facing that, and should perform invitation, offering of flower and incense and dismissal with the mantra. Then the spell-master should do recitation for 1,008 times (aṣṭottarasahasra). [...]”.

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context information

Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ashtottarasahasra in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aṣṭōttarasahasra (ಅಷ್ಟೋತ್ತರಸಹಸ್ರ):—[adjective] one thousand eighth.

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Aṣṭōttarasahasra (ಅಷ್ಟೋತ್ತರಸಹಸ್ರ):—[noun] the cardinal one thousand eight.

context information

Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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