Margapratishthita, Mārgapratiṣṭhita, Marga-pratishthita: 1 definition


Margapratishthita 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 Mārgapratiṣṭhita can be transliterated into English as Margapratisthita or Margapratishthita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Mārgapratiṣṭhita (मार्गप्रतिष्ठित) refers to “being established in the way (to extinction)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, they [the twenty-four types of pratibhāna—‘eloquence’] are accomplished by means of the following twenty-four preparations (parikarma). What are the twenty-four? [...] (22) he becomes one who has eloquence about friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity to the congregation by having the same thoughts towards all living beings, by treating all living beings equally, by being established in the way to extinction (nirvāṇa-mārgapratiṣṭhita), by no desire for gain, honour or fame;; [...]”.

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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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