Suvarnavarnata, Suvarṇavarṇatā, Suvarna-varnata: 3 definitions


Suvarnavarnata 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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Suvarnavarnata in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Suvarṇavarṇatā (सुवर्णवर्णता) refers to the “physical mark of golden color”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 46.—Accordingly, “Among all the dharmas, it is by far the foremost and the most noble. It helps everyone. It finds the true nature of dharmas and of the non-deceptive Dharma. It has great loving-kindness and great compassion. It holds omniscience, the physical mark of golden color (suvarṇavarṇatā), the supreme miracles of the thirty-two major marks and the eighty minor marks, the immense—morality, concentration, wisdom, liberation, knowledge and vision of liberation—,the three knowledges, the unhindered [knowledges], and the unhindered penetration into all dharmas.”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Suvarnavarnata in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Suvarṇavarṇatā (सुवर्णवर्णता) or Suvarṇavarṇa refers to “golden in colour” and represents the fourteenth of the “thirty-two marks of a great man” (lakṣaṇa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 83). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., suvarṇa-varṇatā). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Suvarnavarnata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Suvarṇavarṇatā (सुवर्णवर्णता):—[=su-varṇa-varṇa-tā] [from suvarṇa-varṇa > su-varṇa] f. the having a golden colour (one of the 32 signs of perfection), [Dharmasaṃgraha 83.]

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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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