Bhavanamarga, Bhāvanāmārga, Bhāvanamārga, Bhavana-marga: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1) Bhāvanamārga (भावनमार्ग) refers to the “path of meditation” and represents one of the various paths of the Śrāvakas mentioned in appendix 1 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXX).—The darśanamārga “path of seeing the truths” and the bhāvanamārga “path of meditation” are characterized by the śaikṣa knowledges.—The bhāvanamārga has as result the destruction of the nine categories of passions of each of the nine levels: kāmadhātu, four dhyānas and four ārūyasamāpattis. The destruction of each category of passions involving two moments—a moment of abandoning (prahāṇa or ānantaryamārga) and a moment of deliverance (vimuktimārga)—the ascetic destroys the totality of the passions at the end of 144 moments.

According to chapter 36.—In the path of meditation (bhāvanāmārga), the Bodhisattva obtained eighteen deliverances.

According to chapter 51, “to reach nirvāṇa, the ascetic must travel a path of seeing (darśanamārga) which involves 16 moments of mind, and a path of meditation (bhāvanāmārga) which involves 162 moments of mind. During this course, he enters into possession of four fruits of the path (mārgaphala), also called fruits of the religious life (śrāmaṇyaphala). He becomes Srotaāpanna at the 16th moment of the darśanamārga, Sakṛdāgāmin, Anāgāmin and Arhat (aśaikṣa) at, respectively, the 12th, 18th and 162nd moments of the bhāvanāmārga”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhavanamarga in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhāvanāmārga (भावनामार्ग):—[=bhāvanā-mārga] [from bhāvanā > bhāva] m. a spiritual state, [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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