Yasavati, Yasavatī, Yashavati: 2 definitions


Yasavati 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Yasavati. Wife of Supatita (Suppatita), and mother of Vessabhu Buddha. Bu.xxii.18; J.i.42; D.ii.7.

2. Yasavati. Wife of Mangala Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.iv.20.

3. Yasavati. Chief of the women patrons of Revata Buddha. Bu.vi.23.

4. Yasavati. Sister of Akitti (q.v.). J.iv.237.

5. Yasavati. One of the chief women supporters of Metteyya Buddha. She will be one of the leaders of the women who will accompany Metteyya on his Renunciation. Anagat. vs. 63, 99.

6. Yasavati. The city in whose park Tissa Buddha preached his first sermon. It was the capital of King Sujata. BuA.189,190.

7. Yasavati. See Yasa (6).

8. Yasavati. A Theri. The Apadana contains a set of verses attributed to a group of nuns, at the head of whom was Yasavati. Ap.ii.597.

9. Yasavati. Wife of Okkamukha and mother of Devadahasakka. MT. 135.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Yaśavatī (यशवती) is the name of Dūtī (i.e., messengers of Lord Vajrapāṇi) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Yaśavatī).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Yaśavatī (यशवती).—m.c. for Yaśovatī = Yaśodharā, probably to be read with Calcutta (see LV.) and Tibetan for śayavatī in Lalitavistara 221.5 (verse).

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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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