Venuvana, aka: Veṇuvana, Venu-vana; 2 Definition(s)


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Venuvana in Mahayana glossaries]

Veṇuvana (वेणुवन) or “bamboo park”, is one of the vihāras of Rājagṛha, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter V. Veṇuvana was given to the Buddha by king Bimbasāra. – When he stayed at Veṇuvana, the Buddha settled by preference at Kalandaka or Karadakanivāpa. According to some sources, this field was the property of a citizen of Rājagṛha called Kalandaka; he had made a gift of it to the heretics, but with the help of the yakṣas, he later recovered it and offered it to the Buddha.

The Veṇuvana was an ideal place of retreat for the monks, “neither too far nor too close to the city, good for coming and going, easy of access for those who wished to see the Buddha, not too busy during the day, sheltered from noise and shouting during the night, isolated and concealed from people, auspicious for meditation” (Vinaya, I, p. 39; Majjhima, III, p. 13). It was surrounded by a wall eighteen cubits high with a gate and towers (Samanata, III, p. 576; Suttanipāta Comm., II, p. 419).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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[Venuvana in Pali glossaries]

veṇuvana : (nt.) a bamboo grove.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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