Bodhipakshika, aka: Bodhipākṣika, Bodhi-pakshika; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Bodhipākṣika can be transliterated into English as Bodhipaksika or Bodhipakshika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Bodhipākṣika (बोधिपाक्षिक) refers to thirty-seven “auxiliaries” to enlightenment, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 31.—Why are they called bodhipākṣika? The two knowledges of the saint, the knowledge of the cessation of the impurities and the knowledge that they will not arise again are given the name of Bodhi because they consist of the complete understanding of the four Truths. If a dharma is favorable to this complete understanding, it is given the name of bodhipākṣika.

The thirty-seven bodhipākṣika (auxiliaries to enlightenment) are defined as:

  1. the four foundations of mindfulness (smṛtyupasthāna),
  2. the four right efforts (samyakpradhāna),
  3. the four bases of magical power (ṛddhipāda),
  4. the five faculties (indriya),
  5. the five strengths (bala),
  6. the seven members of enlightenment (saṃbodhyaṅga),
  7. the eight members of the Path (mārgaṅga).

These thirty-seven auxiliaries (bodhipākṣika) have ten things (dravya) as roots (mūla). What are these ten?

  1. Faith (śraddhā),
  2. morality (śīla),
  3. thought (saṃkalpa),
  4. exertion (vīrya),
  5. mindfulness (smṛti),
  6. concentration (samādhi),
  7. wisdom (prajñā),
  8. relaxation (praśrabdhi),
  9. joy, (prīti),
  10. equanimity (upekṣā).

According to chapter 32: “the thirty-seven auxiliaries (bodhipākṣika) are the path (mārga) leading to nirvāṇa. When one follows this path, one reaches the city of nirvāṇa (nirvāṇagara)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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