Bodhisattvaratna, Bodhisattva-ratna: 1 definition



Bodhisattvaratna 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Bodhisattvaratna (बोधिसत्त्वरत्न, “bodhisattva jewels”) refers to one of the three classes of jewels (ratna), into which the universe was transformed by the Buddha’s miraculous power (ṛddhibala) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “Bodhisattva jewels surpass the divine jewels; they combine the benefits of human and divine jewels. They allow all beings to know the place of their death and birth, their history (nidāna), their beginning and their end: it is like a clear mirror (pariśuddha-ādarśa) where a person can contemplate their reflection. Moreover, the Bodhisattva jewels can emit the various sounds of the Dharma (dharmasvara)”.

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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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