Gambhiradharma, Gambhīradharma, Gambhira-dharma: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Gambhīradharma (गम्भीरधर्म) refers to the “the profound dharmas” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. Accordingly, the Bodhisattvas have crossed over to the other shore of the patience relating to the profound dharmas. What are the profound dharmas (gambhīradharma)?

1) The twelve causes and conditions (dvādaśa-hetupratyaya) are called gambhīradharma.

2) Also, we call gambhīradharma the breaking of the thread (jāla) of the sixty-two wrong views (dṛṣṭigata) relating to the past (atīta) and the future (anāgata).

3) The three gates of deliverance (vimokṣamukha) are also called (gambhīradharma) as the Buddha said in the Prajñāpāramitā.

4) The explanation of the nature of all dharmas is also called gambhīradharma: the true (satya) nature, indestructible (akṣaya) and immutable (akṣobhya, acala).

5) Finally, we also call gambhīradharma the exclusion of inner conceptual knowledge and the fixing of the concentrated mind on the pure true nature of all dharmas.

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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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