Matsaryasattva, Mātsaryasattva, Matsarya-sattva: 1 definition

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Matsaryasattva 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)

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Source: Bibliotheca Polyglotta: Akshayamatinirdesha (English translation)

Mātsaryasattva (मात्सर्यसत्त्व) refers to “envious living beings”, according to the Akṣayamatinirdeśasūtra, an ancient Mahāyāna Sūtra devoted to the Bodhisattva Akṣayamati, recognized as one of the sixteen Bodhisattvas of the Bhadrakalpa (fortunate aeon).—Accordingly, as Akṣayamati said to Śāradvatīputra: “Further, reverend Śāradvatīputra, the Bodhisattvas’ intention is also imperishable. Why? [...] That intention of the Bodhisattvas, reverend Śāradvatīputra, should be seen as [pure] for the sake of getting rid of envy [in one’s own continuity of thoughts], but intention should be seen as imperishable through maturing envious beings [in having endless numbers of envious living beings as the object (ananta-mātsaryasattva-ālambanatvāt)]; [...]”.

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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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