Dharmadhatujakaya, Dharmadhātujakāya, Dharmadhatuja-kaya: 1 definition


Dharmadhatujakaya 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dharmadhātujakāya (धर्मधातुजकाय) refers to a “body born of the absolute” according to appendix 1 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX). Accordingly, “We have already said that the Bodhisattva entering into the dharmavasthā, abiding in the avaivartikabhūmi, acquires a body born of the Absolute (dharmadhātujakāya) when his last fleshly body (māṃsakāya) is exhausted, because, although he has cut all the afflictions (kleśa), the perfuming (vāsanā) of the afflictions remains; thus he takes a dharmadhātujakāya, not an existence in the threefold world (traidhātukajāti)”.

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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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