Dharmapada, Dharma-pada, Dharmapāḍā: 4 definitions


Dharmapada 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Dharmapada in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Dharmapada (धर्मपद) refers to the “(division) of words of (all) teachings”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Son of good family, there are eight purities of the insight (prajñā) of the Bodhisattvas. What are the eight? To with, [...] (5) although they teach four summaries of the dharma, they never see anything in impermanence, suffering, selfless, or quiescence; (6) although they teach to enter into action and duties, they are free from karmic result and also not disturbed by performing deeds; (7) although they are established in the knowledge of teachings which is beyond discursive thinking, they elucidate the division of words of all teachings (sarva-dharmapada-prabheda); (8) they attain the illumination of all teachings and teach living beings about impurity and purification”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Dharmapada in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Dharmapada (धर्मपद) refers to the “four dharma sentences” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 55):

  1. all conditions are impermanent (anitya),
  2. all conditions are suffering (duḥkha),
  3. all things are without self (nirātma),
  4. and nirvāṇa is peaceful (śānta).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., dharmapada). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dharmapada in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dharmapāḍā (धर्मपाडा).—transgressing the law, an offence against law.

Dharmapāḍā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and pāḍā (पाडा).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dharmapada (धर्मपद).—nt. (once m.; = Pali dhamma°), (1) religious saying: catvāri dharmapadāni Dharmasaṃgraha 55 (they are: anityāḥ sarvasaṃskārāḥ; duḥkhāḥ sarv°; nirātmānaḥ sarv°; śāntaṃ nirvāṇaṃ ca); (2) as name of a Buddhist work (Pali Dhammapada), sg. or pl.: °pade Mahāvastu ii.212.18, followed by verse = iii.156.16—17 = Pali Vin. v.149.22—23; imāṃ dharmapadāṃ bhāṣati Mahāvastu iii.91.18, followed by two verses = Pali Dhammapada (Pali) 179, 180; °padeṣu Mahāvastu iii.156.15 (compare above); 434.12, followed by verses = Pali Dhammapada (Pali) 100 ff.

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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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