Latthivana, Latthi-vana, Laṭṭhivana: 3 definitions



Latthivana means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Latthivana in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Latthivana, Latthivanuyyana:—A grove to the south west of Rajagaha. In it was the Supatittha cetiya, where the Buddha stayed during his first visit to Rajagaha from Gayasisa, after the Enlightenment. There Bimbisara visited him with twelve nahutas of followers, and Uruvela Kassapa dispelled their doubts by declaring his acceptance of the Buddha as his teacher. It was during this visit that Bimbisara gifted Veluvana to the Buddha and his Order (Vin.i.35ff.; DhA.i.88; AA.i.166; BuA.18, etc.). Eleven nahutas, with Bimbisara at their head, became sotapannas at the end of the Buddhas sermon, which included the Mahanarada Kassapa Jataka. The remaining nahuta was established in the Refuges (J.i.84; AA.i.57; also

The grove evidently received its name from its green liquorice creepers, hence its description as Latthimadhukavana (E.g., J.i.68). Hiouen Thsang calls it Yastivana and describes it as a grove of bamboos, giving accounts of its origin and various stories connected with it. (Beal, op. cit., 145f.; see VT.136).


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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Laṭṭhivana (लट्ठिवन) is the name of a stoppig-place, or vihāra located at Rājagṛha, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter V. Rājagṛha is the name of a sacred city where the Buddha was dwelling at the beginning of the discourse in the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Laṭṭhivana (लट्ठिवन) is the name of a forest situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—In the Monorathapūraṇī it is said that at Laṭṭhivana King Bimbisāra was converted by the Buddha. It is about two miles north of Tapovana in the district of Gayā.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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