84000 Glossary of Terms

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དགའ་ལྡན། | Glossary of Terms

  • དགའ་བ།

  • དགའ་ལྡན་གནས།
  • དགའ་ལྡན་གྱི་གནས།
  • དགའ་ལྡན།
  • ཡོངས་སུ་དགའ་ལྡན།
  • dga’ ldan
  • dga’ ldan gyi gnas
  • yongs su dga’ ldan
  • dga’ ba
  • dga’ ldan gnas
  • tuṣita
  • tuṣitabhavana
  • samtuṣita
  • san­tuṣita
  • tuṣitā
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Tuṣita (or sometimes Saṃtuṣita), literally “Joyous” or “Contented,” is one of the six heavens of the desire realm (kāmadhātu). In standard classifications, such as the one in the Abhidharmakośa, it is ranked as the fourth of the six counting from below. This god realm is where all future buddhas are said to dwell before taking on their final rebirth prior to awakening. There, the Buddha Śākyamuni lived his preceding life as the bodhisattva Śvetaketu. When departing to take birth in this world, he appointed the bodhisattva Maitreya, who will be the next buddha of this eon, as his Dharma regent in Tuṣita. For an account of the Buddha’s previous life in Tuṣita, see The Play in Full (Toh 95), 2.12, and for an account of Maitreya’s birth in Tuṣita and a description of this realm, see The Sūtra on Maitreya’s Birth in the Heaven of Joy, (Toh 199).