Cinasthana, Cīnasthāna, Cina-sthana: 1 definition


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chinasthana.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Cīnasthāna (चीनस्थान) (in Chinese: Tchen-tan) [or simply Cīna] (identified with China) refers to one of the fifty-five kingdoms enumerated in chapter 17 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—In the Candragarbhasūtra, the Bhagavat invites all classes of Gods and Deities to protect the Law [dharma?] and the faithful in their respective districts.—In Cīnasthāna, the following deities are appointed (among others): The Devaputra Viśvakarma; the Yakṣas Kapila, Dharmapāla, Śūrasena [?], Mo-ni-po-t'o (Maṇibhadra ?), Bhadrapūrṇa, A-tch'a-po-keou, Pañcika; the Nāgarājas Vāsuki, Sumanaḥphala, Fou-cha-pi-mo; Ilāritī; the Great Goddess I-lo-p'o-ts'i.

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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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