Mantraushadhi, Mantrauṣadhi, Mantra-oshadhi: 1 definition

Introduction

Mantraushadhi 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 Mantrauṣadhi can be transliterated into English as Mantrausadhi or Mantraushadhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Mantrauṣadhi (मन्त्रौषधि) refers to “magical herbs”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—When certain magical herbs (mantra-oṣadhi) are burned under people’s noses, violent feelings (āghāta-citta) are aroused in them and they fight. On the other hand, there is a certain magical herb which inspires joy (muditā), happiness (nandana), respect (satkāra) and harmony (samaya) in people. If a simple magical herb has such power, what can be said of the Buddha who makes the ground of the trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu soft and gentle?

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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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