Buddhakshetra, Buddha-kshetra, Buddhakṣetra: 7 definitions


Buddhakshetra 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.

The Sanskrit term Buddhakṣetra can be transliterated into English as Buddhaksetra or Buddhakshetra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Buddhakṣetra (बुद्धक्षेत्र) refers to the “Buddha-fields”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “When this had been said, the Lord said to the Bodhisattva, the great being Gaganagañja: ‘[...] Just as the sky is unconditioned, the same way, [the Bodhisattva] gives a gift without conditions. Just as the sky is beyond ideation, the same way, [the Bodhisattva] gives a gift with no basis in consciousness. Just as the sky is spread on all Buddha-fields (sarva-buddhakṣetra-spharaṇa), the same way, [the Bodhisattva] gives a gift in order to pervade all living beings with friendliness. [...]’”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary

That is, Buddhaland. The term is absent from the Hinayana schools. In Mahayana, it is the spiritual realm acquired by one who reaches perfect enlightenment, where he instructs all beings born there, preparing them for enlightenment, e.g. Amitabha in Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss (Western Paradise), Bhaisajya guru (Medicine Master Buddha) in Pure Land of Lapus Lazuli Light (Eastern Paradise).

Source: Buddhism Tourism: Glossary of Buddhist Terms

Refers to Buddha Land or each place where a celestial Buddha resides.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Buddhakshetra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Buddhakṣetra (बुद्धक्षेत्र).—nt. (= Pali, late, °khetta), Buddha- field, region or (usually) world or world-system in which a particular Buddha lives and operates; see Teresina Rowell, ‘The background and early use of the Buddhakṣetra concept,’ The Eastern Buddhist 6.199—430 and 7.131—176, where the term is ably discussed; a few out of many occurrences are here recorded: descriptions of a b°, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 65.9 ff.; 144.9 ff.; its ‘jewels’ are Bodhisattvas Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 66.3; in Mahāvastu ii.301.16 Bodhisattvas in numberless b° take the form of gods and come to Śākyamuni as he is about to become enlightened; misc., Mahāvyutpatti 3065; Mahāvastu ii.319.11; 349.17; iii.139.3; 342.1; in Mahāvastu i.123.4 ff. enumeration of some ‘present’ Buddha-fields and their Buddhas; huddha- kṣetraṃ viśodhenti bodhisattvā(ḥ) Mahāvastu i.283.3; atuliya (so mss.) aprameyaṃ °traṃ aparimitaṃ bharitvā (having filled) sameti (= śamayati) khila-doṣa-mohaṃ (so read, see s.v. khila) Mahāvastu ii.295.9; on ‘emptying’ of buddha-fields, see s.v. riñcati; in Mahāvastu i.121.14 ff. the question is asked whether Buddhas are produced in all Buddha-fields, and the answer, 122.2—3, is negative; in many there is no Buddha; Śikṣāsamuccaya 147.15 speaks of going to a buddhaśūnya- buddhakṣetram as an evil fate; so in Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 68.2 (verse; compare 66.3 ff., prose, same subject) buddhakṣetra is clearly equated with lokadhātu, meaning merely world-system, presumably as potential field for a Buddha, but not ne- cessarily containing one; on this see Rowell, op. cit., 415. See also upakṣetra.

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

Buddhakṣetra (बुद्धक्षेत्र):—[=buddha-kṣetra] [from buddha > budh] n. B°’s district, the country in which a B° appears, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

[Sanskrit to German]

Buddhakshetra 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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