Dharmanusmriti, Dharmānusmṛti, Dharma-anusmriti: 3 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Dharmanusmriti means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Dharmānusmṛti can be transliterated into English as Dharmanusmrti or Dharmanusmriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dharmānusmṛti (धर्मानुस्मृति) refers to the “recollection of the Dharma” and represents one of the Anusmṛti (eight recollections), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “the Yogin should recollect the Dharma, skillfully presented, obtaining its retribution in the present lifetime (sāṃdṛṣṭika) without fear of burning (nirjvara), independent of time (akālika), leading to the good place (aupanāyika), the penetration into which is unhindered”

This Dharma is also free of the pairs of extremes (antadvaya), i.e., a life attached to the five objects of enjoyment and pleasure or a life of personal mortification. It is free of other pairs of extremes: eternalism (śāśvata) and nihilism (uccheda), self (ātman) and non-self (anātman), existence (bhava) and non-existence (abhava). Because it is not attached to these pairs of extremes, the Dharma is said to be ‘skillfully presented’.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Dharmānusmṛti (धर्मानुस्मृति) or simply Dharma refers to the “recollection of the Dharma” and represents one of the “six recollections” (anusmṛti) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 54). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., dharma-anusmṛti). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dharmānusmṛti (धर्मानुस्मृति):—[from dharma > dhara] f. continual meditation on the l°, [Lalita-vistara]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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