84000 Glossary of Terms

Our trilingual glossary combining entries from all of our publications into one useful resource, giving translations and definitions of thousands of terms, people, places, and texts from the Buddhist canon.

འཁོར་ལོས་སྒྱུར་བའི་རྒྱལ་པོ། | Glossary of Terms

    འཁོར་ལོས་སྒྱུར་བའི་རྒྱལ་པོ།

    ’khor los sgyur ba’i rgyal po

    cakravartin

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The term “universal monarch” denotes a just and pious king who rules over the universe according to the laws of Dharma. Such a monarch is called a cakravartin because he wields a disk (cakra) that rolls (vartana) over continents, worlds, and world systems, bringing them under his power. A universal monarch is often considered the worldly, political correlate of a buddha. (Provisional 84000 definition. New definition forthcoming.)