Jatisthana, Jātisthāna, Jati-sthana: 1 definition

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Jātisthāna (जातिस्थान) or Jātisthānāśuci refers to the “impurity of birthplace” and represents one of the five “impurities of the body” (kāyāśuci), contemplating on which, the Yogin can obtain the four “foundations of mindfulness” (smṛtyupasthāna), forming part of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.—

Accordingly, the impurity of Jātisthāna is described as follows: “head, feet, belly, back, thighs, that which is called a woman’s body is a collection of impure things. Inwardly, it contains a stomach, a belly, excrement, urine and other impurities. Outwardly, there is a wind conditioned by the afflictions and actions, a wind that blows on the seed-consciousness and introduces it within the two viscera. During eight or nine months, the seed-consciousness dwells in a pit of excrement and urine... This is what is called the impurity of the place of birth (jātisthāna-aśuci)”.

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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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