Lokadhatu, aka: Lokadhātu, Loka-dhatu; 5 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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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
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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lokadhātu : (f.) the world system.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Lokadhātu (लोकधातु).—a particular division of the world (jambu- dvīpa).

Derivable forms: lokadhātuḥ (लोकधातुः).

Lokadhātu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms loka and dhātu (धातु).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lokadhātu (लोकधातु).—m.

(-tuḥ) A continent.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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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