Rishipatana, Ṛṣipatana: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Ṛṣipatana can be transliterated into English as Rsipatana or Rishipatana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ṛṣipatana (ऋषिपतन) is the name of a stopping-place, or the vihāra of Mṛgadāva located at Vārānasī, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter V. Note: Ṛṣipatana or Ṛṣivadana, on the outskirts of Benares where the Deer Park (Mṛgadāva or Mṛgadāya) is located. It is there that all the Buddhas must give their first sermon and the Buddha preached the Dharmacakrapravartanasūtra to the five monks; it is one of the four great pilgrimage places, determined by the Buddha.

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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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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ṛṣipatana (ऋषिपतन).—(in mss. also °paṭana, °paṭṭana, °pattana, °bhavana), or Ṛṣivadana, nt. or (LV) m., n. of the deer-park at Benares where Buddha preached his first sermon. On the forms of the name, see Senart, Mv i.631; Lévi, JA 1912 (vol. 20), 499 f.; Pali Isipatana; this form supported by widely-known etym., Mv i.359.17 ṛṣayo 'tra patitā ṛṣipatanaṃ, similarly LV 19.3, and in Pali; vadana acc. to Senart and Lévi Prakritic. Both forms Mvy 4130 °patanam, Tibetan lhuṅ ba, fall, and 4131 °vadanam, Tibetan smra ba, speak (Mironov °pattanam for the latter, but he records v.l. °padanam; Tibetan supports °vad°). In Mv, mss. usually vary between -vadana and -pattana, Senart always (in these cases) adopting the former: i.43.15 (one ms. °bhavana); 161.4; 174.2; 307.5; 313.16, 19; 323.14, 16 (in 16 -pahana instead of -pattana); 330.4; 331.3; 337.11; iii.330.3, 17. But in i.243.3 Senarts reads bhavanasmiṃ with mss. (v.l. °nesmiṃ), and (besides i.359.17 above) in ii.138.2; iii.323.3; 328.20 -patana (only v.l. -pattana in all three); in i.366.8 mss. °paṭṭane, Senart pattano. Divy has only -vadana, 393.21; 464.16; Av only patana, i.42.9 etc., passim (in i.237.13 the former Buddha Kāśyapa stays there). SP has -patana, once, 69.12; and LV app. only -patana, 18.20; 19.3; 264.22; 402.3; 404.17; 407.16; 413.1; 421.16 (v.l. -paṭana 18.20; 19.3); in 407.16 nom. sg. °no (the only form in LV unambiguous as to gender).

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Ṛṣipatana (ऋषिपतन) or Ṛṣivadana.—q.v.

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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. 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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