Mithyashastri, Mithyāśāstṛ, Mithya-shastri: 1 definition

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Mithyashastri 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 Mithyāśāstṛ can be transliterated into English as Mithyasastr or Mithyashastri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Mithyāśāstṛ (मिथ्याशास्तृ) refers to “bad (heretical) teachers”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 1.—Accordingly: “it is for the joy (pramuditā) of beings that the Buddha preaches the Mahāprajñāpāramitāsūtra. He says to them: ‘You should experience great joy. Why? Because all beings enter into the net of false views: they are all deceived by bad heretical teachers (pāṣaṇḍa-mithyāśāstṛ). I have escaped from the deceptive net of all bad teachers. The great teacher who possesses the ten strengths is difficult to find. Today you have found him. I will reveal to you the basket of the profound dharmas, i.e., the thirty-seven wings of enlightenment, etc.; you will gather them as you wish’”.

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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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