Kalyanakarin, Kalyāṇakārin: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Kalyāṇakārin (कल्याणकारिन्) and Pāpakārin are two legendary brothers, mentioned in a footnote at the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX). Accordingly, “The king of Vārāṇasī had two sons, Kalyāṇakārin and Pāpakārin. The king of another land, Li che Po (Ṛṣabha) promised his daughter in marriage to Kalyāṇakārin who was a hero of generosity and who, in order to satisfy his leanings, went to seek his fortune beyond the seas; his brother Pāpakārin accompanied him”.

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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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