Danaparamita, aka: Dānapāramitā, Dana-paramita; 3 Definition(s)
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Dānapāramitā (दानपारमिता) refers to the “virtue of generosity” and represents one of the six perfections (pāramitā) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter VIII. How does the Bodhisattva fulfill the virtue of generosity (dānapāramitā)? Answer: He gives everything unrestrictedly, and when he has given even his body, his heart feels no regret, for example, king Śibi who gave his body to the pigeon (kapota).Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Dānapāramitā (दानपारमिता) or simply dāna refers to the “perfection of generosity” and represents the first of the “six perferctions” (ṣaṭpāramitā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 17). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ṣaṣ-pāramitā and dāna-pāramitā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
Dānapāramitā forms, besides a part of the “six perferctions” (ṣaṭpāramitā), also a part of the “ten perfections” (daśa-pāramitā).Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Languages of India and abroad
Dānapāramitā (दानपारमिता).—perfection of liberality.
Dānapāramitā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dāna and pāramitā (पारमिता).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Search found 11 books and stories containing Danaparamita, Dānapāramitā or Dana-paramita. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
A Golden Ring (by Dr. Yutang Lin)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 3 - Virtue of generosity < [Chapter XX - The Virtue of Generosity and Generosity of the Dharma]
Part 11 - Non-existence of the thing given < [Chapter XX - The Virtue of Generosity and Generosity of the Dharma]
Part 3 - The recollections according to the Mahāyāna < [Chapter XXXVI - The eight recollections (anusmṛti or anussati)]
Chapter II - On Cunda < [Section One]
Chapter XXVII - On Bodhisattva Highly-Virtuous King (a) < [Section Six]
Chapter XXI - On Pure Actions (a) < [Section Three]
The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra (by Charles Luk)
Apadana commentary (Atthakatha) (by U Lu Pe Win)
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva fundamental vow sutra (by Johnny Yu)