Bodhimanda, Bodhimaṇḍa, Bodhi-manda: 4 definitions


Bodhimanda means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Bodhimaṇḍa (बोधिमण्ड) refers to the “area of enlightenment”, according to a note at Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 51.—Wherever the Buddhas have attained or will attain saṃbodhi, the vajra which plunged into the waters, slips through the earth of gold (kāñcanamayī-mahī) and comes to the surface of the earth where it forms the Diamond Seat (vajrāsana) more than a hundred paces in circumference. For this Diamond Seat and the area of enlightenment (bodhimaṇḍa) that surrounds it, see Vimalakīrtinirdeśa, s.v. bodhimaṇḍa and bodhipūjā. We may add that, in a figurative sense, the expression bodhimaṇḍa simply means the complete spiritual presence of the dharma or dharmakāya of the Buddhas.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bodhimaṇḍa : (m.) the ground under the Bo-tree, where the Buddha sat at the time of His enlightenment.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Bodhimaṇḍa (बोधिमण्ड).—nt. (= Pali id.), platform or terrace or seat of enlightenment, name given to the spot under the bodhi- tree on which the Buddha sat when he became enlightened; Tibetan (on Mahāvyutpatti and elsewhere) byaṅ chub (kyi) sñiṅ po, essence (lit. heart; = maṇḍa, q.v.) of enlightenment; Chin. according to Burnouf, Introd. 387 n. 2, platform of the bodhi- tree; very common: Mahāvyutpatti 4114; Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 16.3; 54.13; 316.3; etc., see Index to KN; Lalitavistara 36.2 (here [Boehtlingk and Roth] follows Calcutta (see LV.) in reading °maṇḍala, but Lefm. with all mss. °maṇḍa, the only true form; others, see Index to Lefm.); 273.7 ff.; Divyāvadāna 392.17 etc.; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 89.15 etc.; Bodhisattvabhūmi 94.5; 405.11. For equivalent expressions see s.v. maṇḍa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bodhimaṇḍa (बोधिमण्ड):—[=bodhi-maṇḍa] [from bodhi > budh] m. or n. (?) seat of wisdom (Name of the seats which were said to have risen out of the earth under 4 successive trees where Gautama Buddha attained to perfect wisdom), [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 232] (cf. next).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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