Dharmasthiti: 1 definition



Dharmasthiti 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

Dharmasthiti (धर्मस्थिति) is the name of a Bodhisattva according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXV), “in the Vimalakīrtinirdeśasūtra, the Bodhisattva Fa tchou (Dharmasthiti) said: “Arising and cessation are two; the absence of arising (anutpāda) and the absence of cessation (anirodha) is the teaching on entering into non-duality”.

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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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