Yashadatta, aka: Yaśadatta; 2 Definition(s)
Yashadatta 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.
The Sanskrit term Yaśadatta can be transliterated into English as Yasadatta or Yashadatta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
He belonged to a family of Malla chieftains and was educated at Takkasila, where he attained great proficiency. Later, while journeying in the company of Sabhiya, he came to Savatthi, where he was present at the discussion between Sabhiya and the Buddha. It was his purpose to try and discover flaws in the Buddhas argument. The Buddha knew what was in his mind, and at the end of the Sabhiya Sutta admonished him in five verses (Thag.360 4). Yasadatta was greatly moved and entered the Order, winning arahantship in due course.
In the time of Padumuttara Buddha, he had been a very learned brahmin, living as an ascetic in the forest. One day he saw the Buddha, and, with clasped hands, praised his virtues (Thag.i.427f).
He is evidently identical with Nanathavika of the Apadana. (Ap.ii.392f)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Yaśadatta (यशदत्त) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.
Yaśadatta is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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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