Saddharmavarsha, Saddharmavarṣa, Saddharma-varsha: 1 definition


Saddharmavarsha 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.

The Sanskrit term Saddharmavarṣa can be transliterated into English as Saddharmavarsa or Saddharmavarsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

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Source: Bibliotheca Polyglotta: Ratnagotravibhāga (Uttaratantra)

Saddharmavarṣa (सद्धर्मवर्ष) refers to the “rain of the highest doctrine”, according to the 3rd-century Ratnagotravibhāga (Uttaratantra) verse 4.44.—“[...] just as the clouds discharge the rain, agitated by the wind, upon the earth where The people behave in the path of virtuous actions; Similarly, the cloud that is the Buddh Pours the rain of the Highest Doctrine (saddharmavarṣa) as the virtues are increased in the world Owing to the wind of Compassion”.

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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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