Danaparamita, aka: Dānapāramitā, Dana-paramita; 3 Definition(s)

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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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
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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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
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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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