Ahrikya, aka: Āhrīkya; 1 Definition(s)


Ahrikya means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

1) Āhrīkya (आह्रीक्य) refers to the “shameless saṃgha” and represents one of the four types of saṃghas (assemblies) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter VI. Accordingly, “what is the shameless (āhrīkya) saṃgha? This assembly violates the precepts; its actions of body and speech are impure; there is no evil that it does not commit”.

2) Āhrīkya (आह्रीक्य, “shamelessness”) refers to one of ten types of manifestly active defilements (paryavasthāna) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13.—The Bodhisattvas (accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata) excelled in destroying various these ten manifestly active defilements (eg., Āhrīkya).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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