bodhimaṇḍa (T. byang chub snying po བྱང་ཆུབ་སྙིང་པོ; C. daochang 道場) is translated as "seat of awakening," "seat of enlightenment," "position of awakening," etc. It is a sacred place or "seat" where all buddhas-to-be go and and sit to reach the final stage of buddhahood.
The bodhimanda for Gautama Buddha was under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, where he sat when he attained enlightenment (bodhi).
The bodhimanda is also known as the "vajra seat" (vajrāsana).
Robert Thurman described the bodhimanda is "the seat of enlightenment, wherein is concentrated the essence of enlightenment."
In the Vimalakirti Sutra, the bodhimanda is described on a conceptual level, and is correlated with the six paramitas, the four immeasurables, etc.
The Tibetan term for bodhimanda, byang chub snying po, also has the meaning of "essence of enlightenment."
In East Asian Buddhism, the Chinese term for bodhimandala, daochang, is also used in a more general sense to refer to a site for rituals, or to a monastery.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. bodhimaṇḍa
- ↑ Thurman, Robert (1992). The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti: A Mahāyāna Scripture. Pennsylvania State University Press. p. 138.
- ↑ Thurman, Robert (1992). The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti: A Mahāyāna Scripture. Pennsylvania State University Press, Chapter 4
- ↑ byang_chub_snying_po, Rangjung Yeshe Wiki