Samdahya, San-dahya, Saṃdahya, Sam-dahya, Sandahya: 1 definition
Samdahya 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture
Saṃdahya (संदह्य) refers to a “fire-flame”, 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 [after the Bhagavān taught the heart-dhāraṇī-mantrapadas], “Immediately after this Nāga-heart-dhāraṇī-mantrapada had been uttered by the Bhagavān, then all Nāgas trembled, their bodies became weak, putrid and foul-smelling, and they were burning like a fire-flame (saṃdahya-māna). Being burnt they called the Bhagavān for help in a loud voice, and addressed him, ‘O Bhagavān, extremely dreadful mantrapadas have been uttered. [...]’”.
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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