Namasamketa, Nama-samketa, Nāmasaṃketa, Nāmasaṅketa, Nama-sanketa, Namasanketa: 1 definition

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Namasamketa 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: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Nāmasaṃketa (नामसंकेत) refers to “that which is conventional”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 2.—Accordingly, “in order to moderate the impatience of the community, in order to protect the Buddhist doctrine and ensure its longevity, in order to regulate the disciples’ rituals, the Bhagavats of the triple world have set up prohibitions the subject of which one should not question whether it is true or conventional (nāmasaṃketa), what is associated or dissociated, what is a dharma with such and such a characteristic or without that characteristic.”.

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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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