Sthapayitva, Sthāpayitvā: 5 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Sthāpayitvā (स्थापयित्वा) refers to “putting someone (on a seat)”, according to the 2nd-century Meghasūtra (“Cloud Sutra”) in those passages which contain ritual instructions.—Accordingly, “[...] Whoso hath the head purified, be they Bhikṣu or Bhikṣuṇī, Upāsaka or Upāsikā, let him, clothed in pure rainment with charity at heart, write these names of Tathāgatas, and put them (sthāpayitvā) on a seat, and then throw into the air a spoonful of seven odours. Let him repeat the names of Tathāgatas five times severally. He must do great service, and continue in case of drought for seven days; [then] the deva will rain”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Sthāpayitvā.—cf. Prakrit ṭhapaīchaṃ (CII 2-1), literally, ‘having kept’; relly, ‘besides’, ‘in addition to…’; cf. yaṣṭi- pratiṭhanaṃ ṭhapaīchaṃ (Sanskrit yaṣṭi-pratiṣṭhāpanaṃ sthāpayit- vā), ‘in addition to the erection of the memorial pillar’. Note: sthāpayitvā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sthapayitva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sthāpayitvā (स्थापयित्वा).—in verses rarely sthāpetvā, sthāpya (= Pali ṭhapetvā; compare sthapayati, but in this form ā, never a; orig. ger. of Sanskrit caus. of sthā, putting aside, so in Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 79.1, and a transition case in Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 43.15, [asthānam etac…yad bhikṣur…saṃmukhībhūte tathāgata imaṃ dharmaṃ…] na śraddadhyāt, sthāpayitvā parinirvṛtasya tathāgatasya, it is impossible that…in the T.'s presence a monk should not believe this doctrine, leaving aside the case when the T. has entered nirvāṇa), except; usually followed by acc. object: sthāpetv' (Kashgar recension sthāpya) upāyaṃ Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 91.8 (verse); the following all sthāpayitvā; Mahāvyutpatti 5458 (listed among indeclinables); followed by object acc., Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 66.12; Lalitavistara 408.3; 442.12; Mahāvastu i.335.3; iii.181.3; 298.15; Divyāvadāna 270.4; 394.25; 457.6; 506.4; Avadāna-śataka ii.111.8; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 10.1; Daśabhūmikasūtra 59.17; Gaṇḍavyūha 136.26; 173.1, etc.; after object acc., (yaḥ svayam udāraṃ dharmābhisaṃskāram udārāṃ ca buddha- kṣetrotpattiṃ) sthāpayitvāsya dharmaparyāyasya saṃ- prakāśanahetor…upapanno veditavyas tathāgatadūtaḥ Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 226.10, who himself must be regarded as a messenger of the T. born to make known this religious discourse, (thus resembling a Buddha) except for the exalted performance of the doctrine and the exalted birth in a Buddha-field (which are functions of a Buddha alone; Burnouf rightly); tathā- gataṃ °tvā Lalitavistara 148.21 (prose); Mahāvastu ii.433.8 (putraṃ °tvā); Divyāvadāna 544.9 (pratyayaṃ °tvā); Bodhisattvabhūmi 77.13; Sukhāvatīvyūha 2.12; followed by relative clause in lieu of object, °tvā ye tasyāṃ parṣadi saṃnipatitā abhūvan Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 244.14, except those who…

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sthāpayitvā (स्थापयित्वा).—Ind. Having placed, fixed, erected, &c. E. ṣṭhā to stay, causal v., ktvā aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Sthāpayitvā (स्थापयित्वा):—[from sthā] ind. having placed or fixed etc.

2) [v.s. ...] having put aside = ‘with the exception of’ ([accusative]), [Divyāvadāna]

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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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