Samantacandra: 2 definitions

Introduction:

Samantacandra 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 Samantachandra.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Samantacandra in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

Samantacandra (समन्तचन्द्र, “full-moon”) refers to a stone in which one is supposed to see the full moon. It is a type of gemstone described in the “the second Avalokita-sūtra” of the Mahāvastu. Accordingly, when the Buddha (as a Bodhisattva) visited the bodhi-tree, several hunderd thousands of devas, in their place in the sky, adorned the Bodhisattva with several celestial substances. Then some of them envisioned the bodhi-tree as sparkling with samantacandra gems.

The stories found in this part of the Mahāvastu correspond to the stories from the avidūre-nidāna section of the Nidāna-kathā. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

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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»] — Samantacandra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Samantacandra (समन्तचन्द्र).—some sort of jewel: °drā maṇira-tanāṃ grahetvā…alaṃkaronti bhagavato bodhivṛkṣaṃ Mahāvastu ii.317.19 (verse); °drehi samalamkṛtaṃ bodhivṛkṣaṃ saṃjānanti Mahāvastu ii.310.13 (prose).

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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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