Divyapadma, Divya-padma: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Divyapadma (दिव्यपद्म) refers to “celestial lotuses” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Celestial lotuses (divyapadma) are blue (nīla), red (lohita) pink (rakta) or white (avadata). Why are they not yellow (pīta)? Because yellow is an attribute of fire and fire is foreign to aquatic flowers. These precious celestial lotuses have a stem (daṇḍa) of jade (vaiḍūrya), a corolla (vedikā) of diamond (vajra), leaves (pattra) of golden sand from the Jambū river (jāmbū-nada). They are tender and perfumed. Taking also leaves from the celestial tree (tamāla or Xanthochymus pictorius), they gather around the Buddha.

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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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