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Dīpaṇkara


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(Skt.; Pāli, light-maker).

Name of the first of a series of 24 mythological Buddhas mentioned in Pāli sources. It is said that it was during the time of Dīpaṇkara that the Buddha (then the ascetic Sumedha) made a vow to become a Bodhisattva and seek the enlightenment (bodhi) which he ultimately attained.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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