Sarvasattva, Sarva-sattva: 2 definitions


Sarvasattva 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Sarvasattva (सर्वसत्त्व) refers to “all beings”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “[etat puṇyena sarvasattva-prāṇibhyaḥ uddhāra-kāmanārthaṃ ante anuttarāya samyaksambodhi-jñāna-phalaprāpti-kāmanārthaṃ]—By this merit, for the elevation of the lives of all beings, (and) in the end, For the best, the success of the knowledge of complete enlightenment”.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sarvasattva in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Sarvasattva (सर्वसत्त्व) refers to “all beings”, according to the 2nd-century Meghasūtra (“Cloud Sutra”) in those passages which contain ritual instructions.—Accordingly, “He who desires a mighty rain must perform this rite ‘the great-cloud-circle’ in an open space, overspread by a blue canopy, shaded by a blue banner, on a clear spot of earth; [...] And the prophet of the Law, with his own safety secured, and living in goodwill, shall behave towards all beings (sarvasattva) with compassion, [and] after prayers to all the Buddhas and Bodhisatvas shall perform this rite to the snakes with the motive of his own prosperity. Afterward, at a season of drought, he shall recite this chapter “The great-cloud-circle”, for one day or for two, until it needs shall rain seven nights. [...]”.

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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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