Lokottaramarga, Lokottaramārga, Lokottara-marga: 1 definition


Lokottaramarga 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Lokottaramarga in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Lokottaramārga (लोकोत्तरमार्ग) or Anāsaravamārga refers to the “supramundane path” representing one of the two practices regarding absorptions (samāpatti), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII).—“The absorptions can be practiced according to the worldly path (laukikamārga) or the supramundane path (lokottaramārga).—The supramundane path (lokottaramārga), also called pure path (anāsaravamārga), is followed by the saints (Ārya) endowed with pure wisdom, who have “seen” the four holy truths (āryasatya) and have understood the sixteen aspects (ṣodaśākāra) by reason of the four aspects of each truth. This path assures the definitive liberation of the passions and, whereas in the impure path the ascetic must enter into the preliminary concentration (sāmantaka) of the immediately higher sphere in order to be liberated from the passions of his own sphere, the saint who is following the pure path cuts the passions of his level directly without resorting to any sāmantaka whatsoever”.

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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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