Lalitavistara, Lalita-vistara: 9 definitions


Lalitavistara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Lalitavistara in Mahayana glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (mahayana)

Lalitavistara (ललितविस्तर) refers to one of the Navadharma (“collection of nine texts”) employed for ritualistic practices in Kathmandu Valley, in the era of Mahindra Vira Vikram Shah (r. 1955–1972).—Cf. Tuladhar–Douglas 2006, 144–147 and von Rospatt 2015, 819–821. The latter remarks that “these canonical works are not so much studied for their content as liturgically recited or put to other ritual uses”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Lalitavistara (ललितविस्तर) is the name of a deity [i.e., oṃ lalitavistarāya svāhā], according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Lalitavistara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lalitavistara (ललितविस्तर).—Name of a work on Buddha's life.

Derivable forms: lalitavistaraḥ (ललितविस्तरः).

Lalitavistara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms lalita and vistara (विस्तर).

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

Lalitavistara (ललितविस्तर).—m., name of a work (our Lalitavistara): Lalitavistara 4.17; 6.16; 438.20 ff.; Mahāvyutpatti 1331; Śikṣāsamuccaya 203.14; °ra-sūtra, id., Śikṣāsamuccaya 5.12 etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Lalitavistara (ललितविस्तर).—[masculine] T. of a Buddhistic work.

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

Lalitavistara (ललितविस्तर):—[=lalita-vistara] [from lalita > lal] m. Name of a Sūtra [work] giving a detailed account of the artless and natural acts in the life of the Buddha.

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Lalitavistara 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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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Lalitavistara in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Lalitavistara (ललितविस्तर):—n. a famous Buddhist scripture detailing the biography of Buddha;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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