Samantarashmi, aka: Samantaraśmi; 1 Definition(s)


Samantarashmi 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 Samantaraśmi can be transliterated into English as Samantarasmi or Samantarashmi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Samantarashmi in Mahayana glossaries]

Samantaraśmi (समन्तरश्मि) is the name of a Bodhisattva in the Ratnāvatī universe according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV).—Accordingly, “Then in the east, beyond universes as numerous as the sands of the Ganges and at the limit of these universes, there is a universe called To pao (Ratnāvatī) where there is a Buddha called Pao tse (Ratnākara) who is now teaching the Prajñāpāramitā to the Bodhisattva-mahāsattvas... At that time, in that universe there was a Bodhisattva called P’ou ming (Samantaraśmi) ”.

Why is this Bodhisattva called Samantaraśmi? Because his rays (raśmi) illumine all the universes ceaselessly.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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