Sudanta, aka: Su-danta, Sudantā, Sudānta; 8 Definition(s)

Introduction

Sudanta 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Sudantā (सुदन्ता).—An Apsaras.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 7.

2) Sudānta (सुदान्त).—A son of Hṛdīka.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 141; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 140.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Sudanta (सुदन्त) or Sudantāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Vimalāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Sudanta Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Vimala-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

See Sudatta (11).

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Sudanta (सुदन्त) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Sudanta is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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sudanta : (adj.) well tamed.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sudanta (सुदन्त).—

1) a good tooth.

2) an actor; a dancer.

-ntī the female elephant of the north-west quarter.

Derivable forms: sudantaḥ (सुदन्तः).

Sudanta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and danta (दन्त).

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Sudānta (सुदान्त).—a Buddhist.

Derivable forms: sudāntaḥ (सुदान्तः).

Sudānta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and dānta (दान्त).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sudanta (सुदन्त).—n. of a former Buddha: Mv i.141.3.

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Sudānta (सुदान्त).—n. of a Bodhisattva: Mmk 42.5.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sudanta (सुदन्त).—m.

(-ntaḥ) 1. An actor, a dancer. 2. A good tooth. f. (-ntī) The female elephant presiding over the N. W. quarter. E. su good, handsome, and danta a tooth.

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Sudānta (सुदान्त).—m.

(-ntaḥ) A follower of Sakya Muni, the teacher of the Baud'dhas. E. su well, and dānta tamed, (whose passions.)

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