Balavaisharadya, Balavaiśāradya, Bala-vaisharadya: 1 definition


Balavaisharadya 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 Balavaiśāradya can be transliterated into English as Balavaisaradya or Balavaisharadya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Balavaisharadya in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Balavaiśāradya (बलवैशारद्य) refers to “(the summit of) power and fearlessness”, 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 of gods (devānusmṛti), which is authorized by the Lord for Bodhisattvas? [...] Further, the Bodhisattvas who are hindered by only one birth, and who dwell in the Tuṣita Heaven recollect ten qualities as the summit What are those ten qualities? [...] (6) the way into unattached knowledge [as the summit] of all knowledges; (7) the knowledge of understanding superior, mediocre, and inferior [as the summit] of all his faculties; (8) following the knowledge of light [as the summit] of power and fearlessness (balavaiśāradya); (9) the sight of the Buddha, seeing all qualities of the Buddha as being in the palm of his hand, [as the summit] of all kinds of sights; (10) the perfect awakening through insight associated with a moment of thought [as the summit] after sitting on the place of awakening. [...]”.

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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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