Uruvilvavana, Uruvilvāvana, Uruvilva-vana: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Uruvilvāvana (उरुविल्वावन) or simply Uruvilvā is the name of an ancient forest, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[The eighteen āveṇika-dharmas (‘special attributes’)]— [...] (6). The Buddha has no unconsidered equanimity.—He has no unconsidered equanimity.—[...] When, as a Bodhisattva, he was in his mother’s womb, his mother loved solitude as well, and it was at forty li from the capital, in the forest of Lumbinīvana she gave birth to him. When the Buddha attained Bodhi, it was in the forest of Uruvilvāvana alone, at the foot of a tree that he became Buddha. When he turned the wheel of the Dharma for the first time, it was also at Ṛṣipatana in the forest of Mṛgadāva. When he entered nirvāṇa, it was in the forest of So-lo trees (Śālavana) under two trees. Thus, during the long night (dīrgharātra), he liked to practice solitude: this is why he entered into concentration. [...]”.

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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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