Kamamithyacara, Kāmamithyācāra, Kama-mithyacara: 2 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Kamamithyachara.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Kāmamithyācāra (काममिथ्याचार) refers to “wrongful sexual relations”; the abstinence thereof represents one of the three paths classified as kāyakarma-patha” (paths of bodily action) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The paths of bodily action (kāyakarma-patha) are three in number: abstaining (virati) from murder (prāṇātipāta), theft (adattādāna), and wrongful sexual relations (kāmamithyācāra).

According to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXII), “if a woman (strī) is under the protection of a father (pitṛrakṣitā), a mother (mātṛ-), a brother (bhrātṛ-), a sister (bhaginī-), a husband (pati-) or a son (putrarakṣitā), or under the protection of the people’s laws (lokadharma) or the king’s laws (rājadharma) and one has intercourse with her, that is illicit sexual activity (kāma-mithyācāra)”.

Also, “If one has intercourse with one’s own wife (kalatra) when she has taken a vow (samādānaśīla), is pregnant (garbhiṇī) or is nursing a child (pāyayanti) – or in a forbidden way (amārga) – that is the illicit practice of sexual activity (kāma-mithyācāra)”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Kāmamithyācāra (काममिथ्याचार) refers to “sexual misconduct” and represents one of the “ten unwholesome things” (kuśala) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 56). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., kāma-mithyācāra). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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