Dhyanaparamita, aka: Dhyānapāramitā, Dhyana-paramita; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Dhyānapāramitā (ध्यानपारमिता) refers to the “virtue of meditation” and represents one of the six perfections (pāramitā). How does the Bodhisattva fulfill the virtue of meditation (dhyānapāramitā)? Answer: When he obtains mastery (vaśita) over all the dhyānas of the heretics (tīrthika). Thus king Śaṅkhācārya, seated in meditation, had no in- (āna) or out- (apāna) breath. A bird came and laid her eggs in his top-knot which was in the form of a conch (śaṅkhaśikhā); the Bodhisattva remained motionless (acala) until the fledglings flew away.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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Dhyānapāramitā (ध्यानपारमिता) or simply dhyāna refers to the “perfection of meditation” and represents the fifth of the “six perferctions” (ṣaṭpāramitā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 17). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ṣaṣ-pāramitā and dhyāna-pāramitā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Dhyānapāramitā forms, besides a part of the “six perferctions” (ṣaṭpāramitā), also a part of the “ten perfections” (daśa-pāramitā).

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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