Kushala-mula, aka: Kuśala-mūla; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kuśala-mūla can be transliterated into English as Kusala-mula or Kushala-mula, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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the 'wholesome roots' or 'roots of wholesome action', are

  • greedlessness (alobha),
  • hatelessness (adosa), and
  • non-delusion (amoha; s. mūla).

They are identical with kusala-hetu (s . paccaya, 1).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Kuśalamūla (कुशलमूल) refers to the “roots of good”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVI.—Accordingly, there are three roots of good:

  1. absence of desire (alobha);
  2. absence of hatred (adveśa);
  3. absence of delusion (amoha).

All the good dharmas derive their birth (utpāda) and their increase (vṛddhi) from the three roots of good, just as plants, trees, grasses and bushes derive their arising and growth from their roots. This is why they are called ‘roots of good’.

The good dharmas (kuśaladharma) are of two kinds:

  1. the thirty-seven auxiliaries of enlightenment (bodhipākṣika) that lead to nirvāṇa;
  2. the dharmas producing happiness (sukha) in the course of rebirths (punarbhava).
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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Kuśalamūla (कुशलमूल) refers to the “three roots of wholesomeness” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 138):

  1. adveṣa (lack of hatred),
  2. alobha (lack of greed),
  3. amoha (lack of delusion).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., kuśala-mūla). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Kuśalamūla (कुशलमूल).—nt., usually pl. (= Pali kus°), root(s) of merit; Pali has three, alobha, adosa, amoha; the same, with adveṣa = Pali adosa, in Mvy 1936—8; Dharmas 138; two other kinds named separately Mvy 1208—9, abhisa- mayāntikaṃ ku°, and kṣayajñānalābhikaṃ ku°; a different list of three in Dharmas 15, bodhicittotpāda, āśayaviśuddhi, ahaṃkāra-mamakāra-parityāga; Mvy 7417 avaropita- kuśalamūla, one who has planted (see avaropayati) roots of merit; very many other occurrences, e.g. LV 429.14; Mv (see kuśala-puṇya) i.134.3; 142.11; Divy 23.18; 65.10; 95.25; Av i.4.2, et passim; often referred to in praṇidhāna as basis for making the ‘earnest wish’.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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