Bodhipakshikadharma, Bodhipākṣikadharma, Bodhipakshika-dharma: 1 definition


Bodhipakshikadharma 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 Bodhipākṣikadharma can be transliterated into English as Bodhipaksikadharma or Bodhipakshikadharma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Bodhipākṣikadharma (बोधिपाक्षिकधर्म) refers to the “thirty-seven auxiliaries of enlightenment”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 40.—Accordingly: [...] The Wheel of Brahmā teaches the four dhyānas, and the Wheel of the Dharma teaches the thirty-seven auxiliaries of enlightenment (bodhipākṣikadharma). The Wheel of Brahmā teaches the path consisting of the practice of concentration, and the Wheel of the Dharma teaches the path consisting of the cultivation of wisdom. These are the various distinctions to be made between the Wheel of Brahmā and the Wheel of the Dharma.

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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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