Ratnanidhana, Ratnanidhāna, Ratna-nidhana: 1 definition


Ratnanidhana 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Ratnanidhāna (रत्ननिधान) refers to the “treasury of the (Dharma) Jewel”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as the Bodhisattva Maitreya addressed himself to the Lord: “Lord, I will protect this unexcelled treasury of the Dharma Jewel (dharma-ratnanidhāna) for the sake of the complete extinction of the Tathāgata. Why is that? Because, Lord, this is the true dharma of myself and the Awakened Lords in the past, present and future. Lord, when I have dwelled in the Tuṣita Heaven, I have strived for protecting, upholding, and keeping these sūtras for a long time. [...]”.

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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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