Suvarnabhumi, Suvarna-bhumi, Suvarṇabhūmi: 4 definitions
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Kavya (poetry)Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Suvarṇabhūmi (सुवर्णभूमि) is the name of an island, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly, “... then the merchant Hiraṇyagupta got together wares and went off to an island named Suvarṇabhūmi to trade, and he took that Anaṅgaprabhā with him, out of fear of being separated from her, and journeying on his way he at last reached the city of Sāgarapura. There he fell in with a chief of fishermen, a native of that place, Sāgaravīra by name, whom he found in that city near the sea”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Suvarṇabhūmi, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Suvarṇabhūmi (सुवर्णभूमि) or “golden island” is where the blind sailor Dāsa was buried, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX). Accordingly, “They came to the craggy shore and according to Dāsa’s advice, the bodhisattva tried to grab a branch and succeeded in saving himself. He took Dāsa’s body and buried it in the Golden Island (Suvarṇabhūmi). Then he went on alone according to the instructions previously given”.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Suvarṇabhūmi (सुवर्णभूमि):—[=su-varṇa-bhūmi] [from su-varṇa] f. = -dvīpa, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Jātakamālā]
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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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 2 - The location of Suvarṇabhūmi or Suvarṇadvīpa < [Chapter XVI - The Story of Śāriputra]
Part 2 - Śāriputra and Maudgalyāyana at Sañjaya < [Chapter XVI - The Story of Śāriputra]
Appendix 1 - Teaching the Rādhasutta at mount Makula < [Chapter X - The Qualities of the Bodhisattvas]
Buddhist records of the Western world (Xuanzang) (by Samuel Beal)
Settlement in Early Historic Ganga Plain (by Chirantani Das)
Part 7 - Nalanda’s Rise of a Multi-functional Nodal Centre < [Chapter III - Nālandā: Evidence for rise and progress of the settlement]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
Chapter LXXXVI < [Book XII - Śaśāṅkavatī]
Foreword to volume 9 < [Forewords]
Chapter LII < [Book IX - Alaṅkāravatī]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)