Ashraddhya, Aśrāddhya: 4 definitions


Ashraddhya 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 Aśrāddhya can be transliterated into English as Asraddhya or Ashraddhya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Āśraddhya (आश्रद्ध्य) refers to “disbelief”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 2).—Accordingly, “[Question.—Why do Buddhist sūtras begin with the word evam, ‘thus’?]—The Buddhadharma is a great sea (mahāsamudra); faith (śraddhā) is its entry (avatāraka), knowledge (jñāna) is its ferryman (tāraka). Evam is a synonym for faith. The person whose heart is full of pure faith (śraddhāviśuddhi) is able to enter into the Buddha’s doctrine; without faith, he cannot. The non-believer says: ‘It is not so (tan naivam)’: that is the mark of disbelief (āśraddhya-lakṣaṇa). [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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

Aśrāddhya (अश्राद्ध्य, “faithlessness”) refers to one of the fourty “conditions” (saṃskāra) that are “associated with mind” (citta-samprayukta) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 30). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., aśrāddhya). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Aśrāddhya also refers to one of the “twenty-four minor defilements” (upakleśa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 69).

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Aśraddhya (अश्रद्ध्य).—(?) , var. for āśraddhya, q.v.

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Aśrāddhya (अश्राद्ध्य).—(a-śrāddhya), nt. (= āśraddhya, q.v.; Pali assad-dhiya), disbelief, lack of (true) faith: Dharmasaṃgraha 30,69.

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Āśraddhya (आश्रद्ध्य).—nt. (also aśrāddhya, q.v.; = Pali assaddhiya), disbelief, lack of (true) faith: Bodhisattvabhūmi 15.1; Mahāvyutpatti 1973 according to text of Kyoto ed. and v.l. of Mironov; text of Mironov aśraddhya; Index to Kyoto ed. cites both.

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

Aśraddhya (अश्रद्ध्य):—[=a-śraddhya] [from a-śraddadhāna] n. unbelief, [Divyāvadāna]

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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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