Buddhadatta: 5 definitions

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Buddhadatta 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 Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Buddhadatta in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Buddhadatta (बुद्धदत्त) is the name of a minister of king Caṇḍamahāsena according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 11. He was previously known as Mahāsena, and his father was named Jayasena, who was the son of Mahendravarman.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Buddhadatta, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Buddhadatta in Theravada glossary
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica: The major systems and their literature (Theravada)

Buddhadatta, a contemporary of Buddhaghosa, was a native of Uragapura, near modern Tiruchirappalli, in southern India. Like Buddhaghosa, he went to Sri Lanka to study at the Mahavihara in Anuradhapura, and upon his return he wrote his works in a monastery on the banks of the Kaveri River. His Abhidhammavatara (Pali: “The Coming of the Abhidhamma”), though a summary of the older works on the Abhidhamma Pitaka, is one of the most important commentaries on the “basket.” While Buddhadatta's ideas were similar to those of Buddhaghosa, he did not follow Buddhaghosa blindly.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Buddhadatta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Buddhadatta (बुद्धदत्त):—[=buddha-datta] [from buddha > budh] m. ‘given by B°’, Name of a minister of king Caṇḍa-mahāsena, [ib.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Buddhadatta in German

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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 (even English!). 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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