Sudhana, Sudhanā: 6 definitions


Sudhana 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

See Sutanu.

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Mahayana Buddhism

Sudhana (सुधन) is the son of a merchant, from a town called Sukhākara, who received a prophecy from Mañjuśrī, according to the Avataṃsaka-sūtra. Accordingly, Sudhana devoted himself to 110 spiritual friends in a great building adorned with the ornaments of Vairocana. These spiritual friends included monks, bodhisattvas, ṛṣis, brāhmaṇas, girls, kings, youths, goddesses, householders, etc. From these beings, Sudhana took the vows without the need for any formal basis.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Sudhana (सुधन).—(1) name of a prince, son of King Dhana, previous incarnation of the Bodhisattva, who marries Manoharā (compare Sudhanu): Divyāvadāna 441.20 ff.; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.122.21; 132.18 ff.; colophon, Sudhanakumārāvadānam (Divyāvadāna chapter 30) Divyāvadāna 461.9; (2) name of a śreṣṭhi-dāraka, chief character in Gaṇḍavyūha: Gaṇḍavyūha 2.3, 7; 51.21; 52.10, et passim; m.c. Sūdhana, 208.11; 215.14; in references to, or citations from, Gaṇḍavyūha, sometimes called Ārya-, Śikṣāsamuccaya 36.8; 95.6; 101.13 (here called Ācārya-, perhaps error for Ārya-?); 122.14; 276.10; (3) name of a Bodhisattva: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 40.15 (one of 16 B.); 62.12 (one of 8); 111.8 (one of 10); 311.14, 18; 461.6; perhaps the same (?), called Sudhana-kumāra and associated with Tārā, Sādhanamālā 37.9; Sudhana, with Vasudhārā, 46.11, with Tārā 64.17 etc.

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Sūdhana (सूधन).—see Sudhana.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sudhana (सुधन).—m. a proper name.

Sudhana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and dhana (धन).

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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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