Ekadeshakarin, Ekadeśakārin, Ekadesha-karin: 1 definition



Ekadeshakarin 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 Ekadeśakārin can be transliterated into English as Ekadesakarin or Ekadeshakarin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Ekadeshakarin in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ekadeśakārin (एकदेशकारिन्) refers to five kinds of upāsakas using one of the ways of taking the five precepts (pañcaśīla) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXII).—Accordingly, “The ekadeśakārin takes (samādadāti) only one of the five precepts (pañcaśīla) and does not pledge to observe the other four”.

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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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