Riddhipada, Ṛddhipāda, Riddhi-pada: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Ṛddhipāda can be transliterated into English as Rddhipada or Riddhipada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Ṛddhipāda (ऋद्धिपाद) refers to “foundations of magical power” and represents one of the seven classes of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.—Accordingly, “when the concentrated mind (pragṛhītacitta) stops worrying (āśvasiti) about things (ālambana), there is “foundations of magical power” (ṛddhipāda)”. Also, “as a result of this expenditure of energy (bahuvīrya), his mind is distracted (vikṣipta). The Yogin concentrates his mind and controls it (damayati): this is called ‘foundation of magical power’ (ṛddhipāda)”.

Also, “when the four right efforts (samyakpradhāna) are practiced, the mind is slightly distracted (vikṣipta); this is why the concentrations (samādhi) are used to fix the mind: concentrations of zeal (chanda), of exertion (vīrya), of the mind (citta) and of examination (mīmāṃsā). These concentrations are called bases of magical power (ṛddhipāda)”.

Similarly, when the Yogin has obtained the true wisdoms that are the four foundations of mindfulness (smṛtyupasthāna) and these right exertions that are the four right efforts (samyakpradhāna), his wisdom (prajñā) is increased by means of these exertions; however, the strength of his concentration remains weak. But when he obtains the four kinds of concentration and therefore fixes his mind, the strength of his wisdom and concentration (samādhi) are equal and his vows are realized. [These four concentrations] are called bases of magical power (ṛddhipāda).

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

Ṛddhipāda (ऋद्धिपाद) refers to “magical feet”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “The great vehicle (mahāyāna) is made with four wheels (cakra), namely with the means of attraction, the spokes (ara) are well fitted as the roots of good have been transformed with intention, [...] it is powered by the power of understanding four holy truths, it has the power of a thousand well-bred horses (ājanya), it goes to all buddha-fields by four magical feet (ṛddhipāda), the horns (śṛṅga) of recollection are bound with the string of a jewel necklace (ratnamālā), it roams widely and broadly since it contains all living beings, it fulfills its function as it subdues enemies and the Māras, [...]”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Ṛddhi-pāda.—cf. iddhi-pāda (EI 5), Buddhist; four in number. Note: ṛddhi-pāda is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Ṛddhipāda (ऋद्धिपाद).—m. (= Pali iddhi°), usually pl., the (four) elements or bases of supernatural power, viz. (Mahāvyutpatti [Page152-a+ 49] 966—970; Dharmasaṃgraha 46) 1 chanda- (2 citta-, 3 vīrya-, 4 mīmāṃsā-)-samādhi-prahāṇa-(Dharmasaṃgraha prahāṇāya; see s.v. prahāṇa 1)-saṃskāra-samanvāgata ṛddhipādaḥ; with number four, Mahāvastu ii.324.4; Divyāvadāna 95.14; 201.9; 208.8; Avadāna-śataka i.16.11; Kāśyapa Parivarta 95.8; without number, Lalitavistara 8.5; 183.5; Mahāvastu i.74.4; iii.120.12; Divyāvadāna 264.29; Avadāna-śataka i.327.6, 8 (ṛddhipāda-yāna- yāyin); Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 5.17.

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

Ṛddhipāda (ऋद्धिपाद):—[=ṛddhi-pāda] [from ṛddhi > ṛdh] m. one of the four constituent part of supernatural power, [Lalita-vistara]

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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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