Arthacarya, Arthacaryā: 3 definitions


Arthacarya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Arthacharya.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Arthacarya in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Arthacaryā (अर्थचर्या, “usefulness”) refers to one of the “four bases of sympathy” (catursaṃgrahavastu) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 19). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., ṣaṣ-pāramitā and arthacaryā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Arthacarya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Arthacaryā (अर्थचर्या).—(= Pali attha-cariyā; compare prec.), conduct for the benefit or profit (of, gen. or composition): devānāṃ (Mahāvastu iii.91.1, 3 deva-) manuṣyāṇāṃ (i.231.6 adds ca) °ryāṃ caramāṇo (or caranto) Mahāvastu i.231.6—7; iii.91.1, 3; svāmy- arth° Jātakamālā 85.1; parārth° Jātakamālā 95.8, etc.; technically as one of the saṃgraha-vastu (q.v.; in Lalitavistara replaced by artha- kriyā, q.v.), conduct for the religious benefit of others, viz., inspiring them to act for their own religious profit, as explained Bodhisattvabhūmi 220.25 ff.; in lists of the 4 saṃgra°, Mahāvastu i.3.12; ii.395.8; Mahāvyutpatti 927; Dharmasaṃgraha 19.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Arthacaryā (अर्थचर्या):—[=artha-caryā] [from artha] doing business, [Āśvalāyana-gṛhya-sūtra]

2) [v.s. ...] promoting another’s affairs (one of the 7 elements of popularity), [Jātakamālā] ([Dharmasaṃgraha 19])

context information

Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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