Darshanamarga, Darśanamārga, Darshana-marga: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Darśanamārga can be transliterated into English as Darsanamarga or Darshanamarga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Darśanamārga (दर्शनमार्ग) refers to the “path of seeing the truths” and represents one of the various paths of the Śrāvakas mentioned in appendix 1 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXX).—The darśanamārga “path of seeing the truths” and the bhāvanamārga “path of meditation” are characterized by the śaikṣa knowledges.—The darśanamārga consists of eight moments of patience (kṣānti) and eight moments of knowledge (jñāna) in order to arrive at full understanding (abhisamaya) of the four noble truths (by reason of four moments for each truth).

According to chapter 36.—In the path of seeing the truths (arśanamārga or satyadarśanamārga), the Bodhisattva attained sixteen profound deliverances (vimukti).

According to chapter 51, “to reach nirvāṇa, the ascetic must travel a path of seeing (darśanamārga) which involves 16 moments of mind, and a path of meditation (bhāvanāmārga) which involves 162 moments of mind. During this course, he enters into possession of four fruits of the path (mārgaphala), also called fruits of the religious life (śrāmaṇyaphala). He becomes Srotaāpanna at the 16th moment of the darśanamārga, Sakṛdāgāmin, Anāgāmin and Arhat (aśaikṣa) at, respectively, the 12th, 18th and 162nd moments of the bhāvanāmārga”.

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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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