Lohitamukti: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous (L) next»] — Lohitamukti in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Lohitamukti (लोहितमुक्ति, “red pearl”) refers to a type of jewel (ratna), into which the universe was transformed by the Buddha’s miraculous power (ṛddhibala) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “Red pearls (lohitamukti) come from fish stomachs, bamboo and snakes’ heads”.

Note by Kumārajīva: This pearl is very precious; it is not Chan hou (pravāḍa, vidruma), coral.

Also, “These jewels (eg, lohitamukti) are of three types, Human jewels (manuṣya-ratna), Divine jewels (divya-ratna) and Bodhisattva jewels (bodhisattva-ratna). These various jewels remove the poverty (dāridrya) and the suffering (duḥkha) of beings”.

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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-English dictionary

[«previous (L) next»] — Lohitamukti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Lohitamukti (लोहितमुक्ति) or Lohitamuktā or Lohitamuktikā.—(once °ktika, probably by error), a kind of gem, evidently = lohitikā; like the latter, °kti is listed among the seven ratna, q.v. 2; °muktikasya, text, but read °muktisya with v.l., Mv ii.492.6; °muktikā Mvy 5953 (Tibetan mu tig dmar po, red pearl); otherwise only °muktā: Gv 53.1; 89.26 (text °mukta°; corr. 2d ed.); 90.1, 6, 7; 148.14; 158.25; Sukh 54.11 (lohitamuktāhāra, a necklace of l°), et alibi (frequent in Sukh); in Mv ii.302.12 °ktā-puṣpa-gṛhītā (so mss., Senart em. °parigṛhītā; does this mean lohitamuktā-colored flowers?); in list of gems SP 256.12.

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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. 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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