Ashayashuddhi, Āśayaśuddhi, Ashaya-shuddhi: 2 definitions


Ashayashuddhi 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.

The Sanskrit term Āśayaśuddhi can be transliterated into English as Asayasuddhi or Ashayashuddhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Ashayashuddhi in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Āśayaśuddhi (आशयशुद्धि) refers to the “purity of one’s intentions”, according to the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī 2.132-133.—Accordingly, “Having explained that only phenomena are real entities because [only they are] established by a means of [valid] knowledge, [and] anticipating by himself the refutation of his own thesis, [Utpaladeva now] expounds [this refutation with the passage beginning with] ‘only …’ by empasizing the purity of his intentions (āśayaśuddhi), in order to state that [he] is free of bias. [According to him] this ‘could [still] be objected,’ [i.e.] it deserves the [following] objection. Which one? This is what [Utpaladeva says] in ‘[if these objects did not exist] after as well as before [their] being manifest …’”

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Āśayaśuddhi (आशयशुद्धि) refers to the “purity 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 (āśayaśuddhi) as contrasted with imperishability of intention 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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