Lokadhatu, aka: Loka-dhatu, Lokadhātu; 3 Definition(s)
Lokadhatu 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Lokadhātu (लोकधातु) refers to the “universe”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVII.—Accordingly, “[...] the Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva who wishes that the Buddha universes (buddha-lokadhātu) never be interrupted must practice the perfection of wisdom (prajñāpāramitā)”.
The Bodhisattva wishes mentally that in all the universes (lokadhātu) everyone should become Buddha. This grand wish is vast and extended and has no limit (maryādā), for it is in this intention that the Bodhisattva accumulates the wisdoms (prajñā), immense merit (apramāṇa-puṇya) and the power of the superknowledges (abhijñābala). But it is all the beings who have planted the causes and conditions required to become Buddha that the Bodhisattva wants to lead to this result.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
Languages of India and abroad
lokadhātu : (f.) the world system.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
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Search found 7 books and stories containing Lokadhatu, Loka-dhatu or Lokadhātu. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 2 - The five incomprehensible things (acintya-dharma) < [Chapter XLI - The Eighteen Special Attributes of the Buddha]
IX. The knowledge of death and rebirth (cyutyupapāda-jñānabala) < [Part 2 - The ten powers in particular]
I. The knowledge of knowing another’s mind (paracittajñāna) < [Part 2 - Distinguishing the movements of mind of all beings]
The Dawn of the Dhamma (by Sucitto Bhikkhu)
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
The Buddha and His Teachings (by Narada Thera)
Apadana commentary (Atthakatha) (by U Lu Pe Win)
Enlightenment after Defeat of Māra < [Part 2 - Discourse on the non-remote preface (avidūre-nidāna)]
Birth of Prince Siddhartha, the Future Gotama Buddha < [Part 2 - Discourse on the non-remote preface (avidūre-nidāna)]
Various other 22 Buddhas < [Part 1 - Remote preface (dūre-nidāna)]
Dhamma Discussion at Wat Wangtagu (by Sujin Boriharnwanaket)