Dharmavinishcaya, Dharmaviniścaya, Dharma-vinishcaya: 1 definition


Dharmavinishcaya 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 Dharmaviniścaya can be transliterated into English as Dharmaviniscaya or Dharmavinishcaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Dharmavinishchaya.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Dharmaviniścaya (धर्मविनिश्चय) refers to “analysis of the dharma”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja, having praised the Lord with these verses, addressed himself to the Lord: ‘[...] If, Lord, the Tathāgata gives some advice (kathā) about the entrance into the analysis of the dharma (dharmaviniścaya) to me, I would ask a question. Why is that? The Lord, having obtained the knowledge of non-attachment (asaṅga), is skilled in knowing the excellent and not so excellent abilities in all living beings. The Lord, having obtained the light, is free from the all darkness (andhakāra). [...]’”.

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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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