Samantabhuja, Samanta-bhuja: 1 definition


Samantabhuja 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Samantabhuja (समन्तभुज) refers to the “one with encompassing coils”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly [as Sāgara taught the Nāga-vow mantra], “Veneration to the glorious Śākyamuni Tathāgata. Namely, O the One with Coils, O the One with Coils, O the One with Encompassing Coils (samantabhuja), O the One with True Coils, O the One with the Best Coils, O the One with Coils of Encompassing Form, turu turu svāhā. Svāhā to the One who Observes the Vow. Svāhā to the One who Impels the Nāga Lake”.

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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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