Udakacandra, aka: Udaka-candra; 1 Definition(s)


Udakacandra means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Udakachandra.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Udakacandra (उदकचन्द्र) refers to the “moon reflected in water” and represents one of the ten comparisons (upamāna) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 11. These upamānas represent a quality of the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata. They accepted that dharmas are like the ‘moon reflected in water’ (udakacandra). Actually, the moon (candra) is situated in space (ākāśa) but its reflection (bimba) appears in the water (udaka). In the same way, ‘the moon’ of the true Dharma (bhūtadharma) is in ‘the space’ of suchness (dharmatā) and the peak of existence (bhūtakoṭi), but its ‘reflection’—the wrong notions of ‘me’ and ‘mine’—appear in the ‘water’ of the minds of fools (bālacitta), gods or men. This is why dharmas are like the moon reflected in water (udakacandra).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Mahayana book cover
context information

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.

Relevant definitions

Search found 276 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Candra (चन्द्र) refers to the eleventh of the “fourteen world protectors” (caturdaśalokapāla) a...
udaka (उदक).—n Water. udaka sōḍaṇēṃ-dēṇēṃ Abandon (a thing &c.).--- OR --- udaka (उदक).—m Risin...
Candrakānta (चन्द्रकान्त, “moon-stone”) streams with water when exposed to the moon’s rays. Cf....
ardhacandra (अर्धचंद्र).—m The half-moon, crescent moon. The hand bent into a semi-circle, for ...
Candrapura (चन्द्रपुर) or Candrapura is a place name ending in pura mentioned in the Gupta...
Candravaṃśa (चन्द्रवंश).—A Kinnara with human face.** Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 36.
Candradvīpa (चन्द्रद्वीप).—Name of a celestial region (dvīpa) covering one thousand yo...
Candranṛsiṃha (चन्द्रनृसिंह) is short for Candra, one of the aspects of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), a...
Ati-udaka, too much water, excess of water DhA. I, 52. (Page 18)
One of the Hands of the Famous Rivers.—Candra-bhāga (Chenab), the hand moving. Also se...
Candranarasiṃha (चन्द्रनरसिंह) is short for Candra, one of the aspects of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’),...
Candrāsana (चन्द्रासन) is one of the eighty-four āsanas (postures) taught by Śiva, according to...
Candrapīṭha (चन्द्रपीठ) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to a type of pedestal (pīṭha...
Candraprajñapti (चन्द्रप्रज्ञप्ति) refers to a sub-division of parikarma, one of the five parts...
Candramantra (चन्द्रमन्त्र).—Before any dramatic performance (nāṭya) takes place, gods...

Relevant text

- Was this explanation helpful? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.