Dharmacakshus, aka: Dharmacakṣus, Dharma-cakshus; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

Dharmacakshus 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 Dharmacakṣus can be transliterated into English as Dharmacaksus or Dharmacakshus, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Dharmachakshus.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Dharmacakshus in Mahayana glossaries]

Dharmacakṣus (धर्मचक्षुस्) refers to the “Dharma-eye” and represents one of the five visual powers (cakṣus) attributed to the Buddha according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). The Dharma-eye (dharmacakṣus) sees a given person and discovers by what skillful means (upāya) and by what teaching (dharma) that person will find the Path.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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context information

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)

[Dharmacakshus in Buddhism glossaries]

Dharmacakṣus (धर्मचक्षुस्) or simply Māṃsa refers to the ”dharma eye“ and represents one the “five eyes” (cakṣus) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 65). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., dharma-cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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