Dipankara, Dīpaṅkara, Dīpaṃkara, Dipamkara, Dīpaṅkarā: 11 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Dipankara in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dīpaṃkara (दीपंकर) is the name of a Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV).—Accordingly, “The Buddha Dīpaṃkara was called Dīpaṃkarakumāra, “prince, lighter of lamps” because when he was born, all the extremities of his body were like lamps. When he became Buddha, he was still called Dīpaṃkara”.

According to Chapter LI, “for twelve years after he had attained abhisaṃbodhi, the Buddha Jan-teng (Dīpaṃkara) only emitted light rays (raśmi) and, as there was no one to understand him, did not preach the Dharma”.

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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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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The first of the twenty four Buddhas.

He was born in Rammavati,

his father being King Sudeva (v.l. Sumedha) and

his mother Sumedha.

For ten thousand years he lived in the household, in three palaces, Hamsa, Konca and Mayura.

His wife was Paduma and his son Usabhakkhandha (Samavatakkhandha).

He left home on an elephant and practised austerities for ten months.

His Bodhi tree was the Pipphali and grass for his seat was given by an Ajivaka named Sunanda.

His first sermon was preached at Nandarama (Sunandarama) at Sirighara, where he converted the heretics.

He had three great gatherings of his followers.

He was always attended by eighty four thousand arahants, and his body was eighty cubits in height.

He died at Nandarama at the age of one hundred thousand years and his thupa was thirty six yojanas high.

Sumangala and Tissa were his chief monks,

Nanda and Sunanda his chief nuns, while

Sagata (v.l. Nanda) was his constant attendant.

Tapassu and Bhallika were his chief lay patrons among men and Sirima and Sona among women.

It was during the time of Dipankara Buddha that the ascetic Sumedha (q.v.), who later became Gotama - Buddha, first declared his intention of becoming an aspirant for Enlightenment (a Bodhisatta).

After Dipankaras death, his doctrine lasted for one hundred thousand years. Bu.ii.207ff; BuA.104f; J.i.29; Mhv.i.5; Dpv.iii.31; DhA.i.69; but see Mtu.i.193ff., where the details differ from those given here.

2. Dipankara - See Buddhappiya.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Dīpaṃkara (दीपंकर) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Dīpaṃkara).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Dipankara one of the Buddhas of the past, said to have lived on Earth one hundred thousand years.

Theoretically, the number of Buddhas having existed is enormous and they are often collectively known under the name of "Thousand Buddhas". Each was responsible for a life cycle. According to some Buddhist traditions, Dipankara (also Dipamkara) was a Buddha who reached enlightenment eons prior to Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. Generally, Buddhists believe that there has been a succession of many Buddhas in the distant past and that many more will appear in the future; Dipankara, then, would be one of numerous previous Buddhas, while Shakyamuni was the most recent, and Maitreya will be the next Buddha in the future.

(Sanskrit and Pali Dipamkara, "Lamp bearer"; Chinese (pinyin Randeng Fo); Tibetan mi slob; Mongolian Jula yin Jokiya and gamma;ci, Dibangkara, Nepal Bhasa: Dipankha)

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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dipankara in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dīpaṅkara : (adj.) one who lights a lamp; name of the former Buddha.

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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 dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dīpaṃkara (दीपंकर).—(= Pali id.; in Pali the first of the 24 Buddhas; here sometimes, e.g. Sukhāvatīvyūha 5.6, first of a much longer list of Buddhas, but often named without any such preëminence), name of one of the most celebrated of former Buddhas: his story told at length in the ‘Dīpaṃkara- vastu’ Mahāvastu i.193.13 ff.; incomplete list of references, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 22.3; 27.4; Lalitavistara 5.4; 172.19; 185.15; 253.16; 415.19; Mahāvastu i.1.13; 2.1; 3.3; 57.13; 61.11; 170.3; 227.6 (his name is given to him); iii.239.10 ff.; 241.13; 242.19; 243.20; 244.13; 247.3; 248.3; Mahāvyutpatti 95; Divyāvadāna 246.5 ff.; Gaṇḍavyūha 104.13; 222.2; Vajracchedikā 26.18; Sukhāvatīvyūha 5.6; 76.10; Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 102.15; 155.9; Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 48.10. Also, in verses m.c., Dīpa, Dīpakāra, Dīpasaha.

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Dīpaṃkara (दीपंकर) or Dīpasaha.—m.c.: Dīpasahena ti Lalitavistara 11.11 (verse), so read as suggested by Lefm. in Crit. App. for text °sahenāsti.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Dīpaṃkara (दीपंकर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Nānākara, grandson of Nidhānakara: Aśvavaidyaka.

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

Dīpaṃkara (दीपंकर):—[=dīpa-ṃ-kara] [from dīpa > dīp] m. ‘light-causer’, Name of a mythical Buddha, [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 136]

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Dipankara 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dipankara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dīpaṃkara (ದೀಪಂಕರ):—

1) [noun] he who gives light or who enlightens.

2) [noun] Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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