Namaskritya, Namas-kritya, Namaskṛtya: 1 definition


Namaskritya means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

The Sanskrit term Namaskṛtya can be transliterated into English as Namaskrtya or Namaskritya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Namaskṛtya (नमस्कृत्य) refers to “having venerated (all the Tathāgatas)”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [after the Bhagavān emitted rays] “Then Samantākāraparikaracchatra, the great Nāga king, falling at the feet of the Bhagavān, addressed him, ‘We are burnt, O Bhagavān, we are burnt, O Sugata’. Then the Bhagavān, having consented to him by remaining silent, looked up, looked all around in the ten directions, venerated (namaskṛtya) all the Tathāgatas and recollected this Blazing Garuḍa Thrust Heart Ruler [Mantra] called Great Garuḍa Speed Vajra”.

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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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