Danapati, aka: Dānapati, Dana-pati; 6 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Dānapati (दानपति, “patron”) is of two kinds (rich and poor), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “there are two types of patrons (dānapati): the poor (daridra) and the rich (āḍhya). The poor dānapati is rewarded for his homage (vandana), his signs of respect (satkāra) and his eagerness toward the Community (saṃgha). The rich dānapati is rewarded, not only for his homage, his signs of respect and his eagerness toward the Community, but also for his gifts in kind. This is why he Community is ‘the best field of merit of the world’”

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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dānapati : (m.) master in liberality.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Dānapati—“lord of alms, ” master in liberality, a liberal donor (def. by Bdhgh as: yaṃ dānaṃ deti tassa pati hutvā deti na dāso na sahāyo DA.I, 298) D.I, 137 (+saddho & dāyako, as one of the qualifications of a good king); A.III, 39; IV, 79 sq. (+saddho); Sn.487; Pv.I, 114 (+amaccharin); J.I, 199; Miln.279 sq.; Sdhp.275, 303;  

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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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Dānapati (दानपति).—

1) an exceedingly liberal man.

2) Akrūra, a friend of Kṛṣṇa; Bhāg.1.36.29.

Derivable forms: dānapatiḥ (दानपतिः).

Dānapati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dāna and pati (पति).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dānapati (दानपति).—m.

(-tiḥ) 1. A liberal or munificent man. 2. A name of Akrura, the kinsman of Krishna. E. dāna giving, and pati eminent.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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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