Four Dharma Sentences; 1 Definition(s)


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Four Dharma Sentences:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit dharmapada 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 (eg., ‘four dharma sentences’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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