Ashayakshayata, Āśayākṣayatā, Ashaya-akshayata: 1 definition


Ashayakshayata 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.

The Sanskrit term Āśayākṣayatā can be transliterated into English as Asayaksayata or Ashayakshayata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Ashayakshayata in Mahayana glossary
Source: Bibliotheca Polyglotta: Akshayamatinirdesha (English translation)

Āśayākṣayatā (आशयाक्षयता) [=Āśayākṣaya?] refers to the “imperishability of intention”, according to the Akṣayamatinirdeśasūtra, an ancient Mahāyāna Sūtra devoted to the Bodhisattva Akṣayamati, recognized as one of the sixteen Bodhisattvas of the Bhadrakalpa (fortunate aeon).—Accordingly, as Akṣayamati said to Śāradvatīputra: “Further, reverend Śāradvatīputra, the Bodhisattvas’ intention is also imperishable. Why? [...] Thus, reverend Śāradvatīputra, [to teach purity of intention as contrasted with imperishability of intention (āśayākṣayatā) in short, it is said] that intention should be seen as for the sake of getting rid of all bad moments of existence of all living beings, but it should be seen as imperishable through bringing all beings to strive for the good; This, reverend Śāradvatīputra, is called the Bodhisattvas’ imperishable intention”.

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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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