Aranasamadhi, Araṇasamādhi, Araṇāsamādhi, Arana-samadhi: 2 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Araṇāsamādhi (अरणासमाधि) refers to the “concentration preventing anyone from harming you” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII). Accordingly, “Araṇāsamādhi is a concentration preventing someone from harming you. It is of five levels, kāmadhātu and four dhyānas”.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Araṇasamādhi (अरणसमाधि) refers to the “concentration called ‘being free from depravity’”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as Bodhisattva Gaganagañja explains to Bodhisattva Ratnaśrī what kind of concentration should be purified: “[...] (37) [when the Bodhisattvas attain] the concentration called ‘Entering into appearance’, all objective supports will be purified; (38) [when the Bodhisattvas attain] the concentration called ‘Being free from depravity’ (araṇasamādhi), they will transcend all objective supports; (39) [when the Bodhisattvas attain] the concentration called ‘Stainless wheel’, the wheel of the dharma will be purified; [...]”.

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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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