Karmaklesha, Karmakleśa, Karman-klesha: 1 definition


Karmaklesha means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Karmakleśa can be transliterated into English as Karmaklesa or Karmaklesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Karmakleśa (कर्मक्लेश) refers to the “actions and vices”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as the Lord said: “[...] Then the superficial mental effort, the actions and vices (karmakleśa), and the parts of personality, spheres and fields of perception, all of them are originated from the combinations of causes and conditions. When causes and conditions are not combined, they are extinguished. But their original nature is of no cause nor condition. Consequently, they are never combined. Thus there is no origination nor destruction of it. [...]”.

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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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