Yashtivana, Yaṣṭivana, Yashti-vana: 2 definitions


Yashtivana 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 Yaṣṭivana can be transliterated into English as Yastivana or Yashtivana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Yashtivana in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Yaṣṭivana (यष्टिवन) refers to the “perch forest”, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Near Rājagṛha, at Yaṣṭivana ‘Perch Forest’: ”Once a Brahmin, having heard that the Buddha’s body was sixteen feet high, persisted in doubting and did not believe it. He wanted to measure the Buddha with a bamboo rod sixteen feet long, but the Buddha’s body constantly rose above the top of the rod and surpassed sixteen feet. He continued growing so that the Brahmin, quite unable to reach the true height, threw away his stick and went away. As a result of this event, the bamboo stick remained planted in the ground and took root there”.


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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yashtivana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Yaṣṭīvana (यष्टीवन).—(once v.l. Yaṣṭi°; = Pali Laṭṭhivana), n. [Page446-a+ 71] of a grove outside of Rājagṛha, on the mountain Antagiri, Antarāgiri: Mahāvastu iii.60.1; 441.15; 442.4; 443.14.

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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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