Ratnarcis, Ratnārcis: 5 definitions



Ratnarcis 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Ratnarchis.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Ratnarcis in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ratnārcis (रत्नार्चिस्) is the name of the Buddha of the Upaśantā universe according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “In the west (paścima), beyond universes as numerous as the sands of the Ganges and at the extreme limit of these universes, there is a universe called Mie ngo (Upaśantā); its Buddha is called Pao chan (Ratnārcis) and its Bodhisattva Yi pi (Cāritramati)”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Ratnārcis (रत्नार्चिस्).—name of one or several Tathāgatas: Lalitavistara 291.6; Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 34.12; Śikṣāsamuccaya 169.7.

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

Ratnārcis (रत्नार्चिस्):—[from ratna] m. Name of a Buddha, [Lalita-vistara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Ratnārcis (रत्नार्चिस्):—(ratna + a) m. Nomen proprium eines Buddha [Rgva tch’er rol pa ed. Calc. 364, 1.]

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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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