Dashakushala, Dasha-akushala, Daśākuśala, Daśakuśala, Dasha-kushala: 3 definitions


Dashakushala 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 terms Daśākuśala and Daśakuśala can be transliterated into English as Dasakusala or Dashakushala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Daśākuśala (दशाकुशल) refers to “ten bad paths of action” (Cf. Daśakuśala—‘ten good paths of action’), according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[According to the Sautrāntika].—[...] Sins (āpatti) are the ten bad paths of action (daśākuśala-karmapatha), killing (prāṇātipāta), etc. If there were no impermanence [in other words, if the victim of the killing were eternal], there would be no sin of killing, etc., and, as is said in the Mithyādṛṣṭīvibhaṅga: ‘A knife driven into the body and impaling the seven places would do no harm’. Merits (puṇya) are the ten good paths of action (daśakuśala-karmapatha), abstaining from killing (prāṇātipātavirati), etc. [...]”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Daśakuśala (दशकुशल) refers to the “ten righteous actions”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān teaches the offering manual of the root-heart] “[...] The spell-master says, ‘O Nāga, take up the Ten Righteous Actions (daśakuśala)’. ‘O spell-master, I shall take them up’. ‘O Nāga, receive the Threefold Refuge’. ‘O spell-master, I shall receive. Drive out the stake’. [...]”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Daśākuśala (दशाकुशल) refers to the “ten evils” [i.e., daśākuśalādi-pāpa-mocanārthaṃ], according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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