Dashasamjna, Daśasaṃjñā, Dasha-samjna: 1 definition


Dashasamjna 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 term Daśasaṃjñā can be transliterated into English as Dasasamjna or Dashasamjna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Daśasaṃjñā (दशसंज्ञा) or simply Saṃjñā refers to the “ten concepts”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 37.

The Bodhisattva-mahāsattva should completely fulfill the ten concepts (daśa-saṃjñā), namely:

  1. impermanence (anityasaṃjñā),
  2. suffering (duḥkhasaṃjñā),
  3. non-self (anātmasaṃjñā),
  4. the disgusting nature of food (āhāre pratikūlasaṃjñā),
  5. distaste for the entire world (sarvaloke ’nabhiratisaṃjñā),
  6. death (maraṇasaṃjñā),
  7. impurity (aśucisaṃjñā),
  8. abandonment (prahāṇasaṃjñā).
  9. detachment (virāgasaṃjñā),
  10. cessation (nirodhasaṃjñā).

When one begins to practice the good dharmas so as not to lose them, they are called recollections (anusmṛti); when one develops the object (nimitta) and develops the mind (citta), they are called concepts (saṃjñā); when one understands precisely (niyata) without feeling any doubts (vicikitsā), they are called knowledges (jñāna).

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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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