Ratnaketu: 6 definitions


Ratnaketu 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ratnaketu in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Ratnaketu (रत्नकेतु) is the name of a mountain situated at lake Mānasa and mount Gandhamādana, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. The Gandhamādana mountain lies on the eastern side of mount Meru, which is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

1) Ratnaketu (रत्नकेतु) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Ratnaketu).

2) Ratnaketu (रत्नकेतु) is also the name of a Dhāraṇī Goddesses mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ratnaketu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ratnaketu (रत्नकेतु).—(1) name of several Buddhas: Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 2.4; 8.1; 120.2, 6 (here presides over the south); Sukhāvatīvyūha 6.14 (here a former Buddha); repeatedly in (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa, 42.21; 129.9; 130.2 f.; 132.25; 139.2 (lives in Ratnāvatī, q.v.); 289.12; 305.14; 426.7; (Ratana°, in a verse) Gaṇḍavyūha 256.7 (a former Buddha); (2) name of one or more Bodhisattvas: Mahāvyutpatti 654; Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 449.20; Samādhirājasūtra p. 36 line 1; (3) name of a work: Mahāvyutpatti 1349; the ed. note conjectures relation to a Chin. text the title of which is rendered Mahāsamnipāta-ratnaketu- dhāraṇī; this is possibly confirmed by (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 109.28 where there is reference to a Ratnaketu-dhāraṇī (misprinted °dhāriṇī).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ratnaketu (रत्नकेतु):—[=ratna-ketu] [from ratna] m. Name of a Buddha, [Buddhist literature]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Bodhisattva, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] a Name common to 2000 future Buddhas (also tu-rāja), [ib.]

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Ratnaketu in German

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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 (even English!). 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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