Anasravashila, Anāsravaśīla, Anasrava-shila: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Anāsravaśīla can be transliterated into English as Anasravasila or Anasravashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Anasravashila in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Anāsravaśīla (अनास्रवशील) refers to “pure morality”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “during his early practices, the Yogin recollects these three kinds of morality. Having practiced all three, then he recollects only the pure morality (anāsravaśīla). [...] Pure morality (anāsravaśīla) uproots the roots of sins (pāpa) and negative emotions (kleśa). [...] Among the three kinds of morality, pure morality (anāsravaśīla) is praised by the sages. It is indestructible, unchanging and, by depending on this morality, one obtains true wisdom: therefore it is the morality ‘praised by the sages’”.

Pure morality (anāsravaśīla) is of three kinds: it is, as the Buddha said:—

  1. right speech (samyagvāc),
  2. right action (samyakkarmānta),
  3. right livelihood (samyagājīva).

The meaning of this threefold activity has been explained in regard to the eightfold noble Path (āryāṣṭāṅgika-mārga).

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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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