Bodhyanga, aka: Bodhyaṅga, Bodhi-anga; 4 Definition(s)


Bodhyanga means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Bodhyaṅga (बोध्यङ्ग) or Sambodhyaṅga or Saptabodhyaṅga refers to the “seven factors of awakening” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 49), itself forming part of the “thirty-seven things on the side of awakening” (bodhipākṣika-dharma).

The seven factors of awakening (bodhyaṅga) are:

  1. smṛti-sambodhyaṅga, (the factor of awakening that is mindfulness),
  2. dharmapravicaya-sambodhyaṅga, (the factor of awakening that is investigation of the (nature of) things),
  3. vīrya-sambodhyaṅga, (the factor of awakening that is energy),
  4. prīti-sambodhyaṅga (the factor of awakening that is joy),
  5. praśrabdhi-sambodhyaṅga (the factor of awakening that is tranquillity),
  6. samādhi-sambodhyaṅga (the factor of awakening that is concentration),
  7. upekṣā-sambodhyaṅga (the factor of awakening that is equanimity).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., bodhi-aṅga). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

India history and geogprahy

Bodhyaṅga.—cf. bojjhaṅga (EI 5), Buddhist; seven in number. Note: bodhyaṅga is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Bodhyaṅga (बोध्यङ्ग).—a requisite for attaining perfect knowledge.

Derivable forms: bodhyaṅgam (बोध्यङ्गम्).

Bodhyaṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bodhi and aṅga (अङ्ग).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bodhyaṅga (बोध्यङ्ग).—m. and (oftener) nt., also saṃbodhy- aṅga (= Pali bojjhaṅga, saṃbo°, acc. to Childers m.; CPD gives aṅga as nt.), member of enlightenment: there are seven (same list in Pali), viz smṛti, dharmapravicaya, vīrya, prīti, praśrabdhi (prasra°), samādhi, upekṣā; listed Mvy 988 (bodhy°) to 995 (each item called saṃbodhy°); just so Dharmas 49; saṃbo° LV 34.3 ff.; Dbh 39.6 ff.; referred to without number (bodhyaṅga) SP 80.1; as seven, but not listed, bodhyaṅgāni Divy 208.9; KP 95.10; bodhyaṅgān Mv ii.357.16; °ga- Divy 95.20; 265.3; Av i.16.13.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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. 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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