Asamudacara, Asamudācāra, A-samudacara: 2 definitions


Asamudacara 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Asamudachara.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Asamudācāra (असमुदाचार) refers to the “non-functioning” (characteristic of dharmas), according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[The eighteen āveṇika-dharmas (‘special attributes’)]—[...] (10) He has no loss of wisdom.—As the Buddha has obtained all these wisdoms (prajñā), he has no loss of wisdom; as his wisdom of the three times is unobstructed, he has no loss of wisdom. [...] Furthermore, his wisdom really understands the [true] nature of dharmas, non-arising, non-cessation, non-defilement, non-purification, non-action, non-functioning (asamudācāra). He makes no distinction between true knowledge and false knowledge He knows that the dharmas are identical and equally pure, without defilement and without stain like space. Disregarding all duality, he acquires the [true] nature of the Dharma, i.e., entry into non-duality. This entry into non-duality, characteristic of the Dharma, is immense and infinite. This is why he has no loss of wisdom. For various reasons of this kind, the Buddha has no loss of wisdom”.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Asamudācāra (असमुदाचार) refers to “absence of involvement (with the actions of body, speech or mind)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “What then, son of good family, is the recollection on the saṃgha (saṃghānusmṛti) authorized by the Lord for the sake of the Bodhisattvas? What we called ‘saṃgha’ is unconditioned, and it cannot to be recollected in the perspective of conditioning. Where there is no involvement (asamudācāra) with the actions of body, speech or mind, it is called unconditioned. Thus what we called ‘conditioned’ is a mere denomination and convention. The unconditioned is the destruction of all denominations, and the transcendence of all conventions. This is, son of good family, the recollection of the congregation, authorized by the Lord”.

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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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