Jyotipala, Jyotipāla: 2 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Jyotipāla (ज्योतिपाल) or Jyotiṣpāla is another name for Uttara Māṇavaka, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLII.—Accordingly, “[...] at that time, the Bodhisattva Śākyamuni was the younger brother of the Buddha Kāśyapa and was called Uttara. The older brother, whose wisdom was ripened, hated chatter; the younger, whose wisdom was incomplete, loved to debate. The people at that time considered the younger brother to be superior. [...] There was at that time a master potter (kumbhakāra) named Nandapāla; he was a disciple of the Buddha Kāśyapa; he was devoted to the five-fold discipline (pañcaśīla) and held the threefold path. He was the kalyānamitra of the chaplain Uttara for his mind was honest, pure and full of faith”.

Notes: Elsewhere Uttara Māṇavaka is designated by the name Jyotipāla or Jyotiṣpāla, while Nandapāla, the potter, is also called Ghaṭīkāra. In any case, it is the same jātaka, well known to the canonical and post-canonical sources.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Jyotipāla (ज्योतिपाल).—(both 1 and 2 = Pali Jotipāla), also spelled Jyotiḥ°, Jyotiṣ°, (1) name of a previous incarnation of Śākya- muni under the Buddha Kāśyapa: Mahāvastu i.319.11 ff.; also mentioned i.2.8, 9 where (as also e.g. i.319.18—19) Senart adopts Jyotiṣ° in text; (2) name of a son of Govinda, later purohita under Reṇu son of King Diśāṃpati and then called Mahāgovinda (= Pali Jotipāla, Dīghanikāya (Pali) ii.230.25 ff.): Mahāvastu iii.204.12 ff. (iii.224.5 says that he was a previous incarnation of Śākyamuni).

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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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