Nirvedhabhagiya, Nirvedhabhāgiya, Nirvedha-bhagiya: 3 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Nirvedhabhāgiya (निर्वेधभागिय) refers to the “four auxiliaries of penetration (or insight)” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XII. The four auxiliaries of penetration or insight (nirvedhabhāgiya) are:

  1. heat (uṣmagata),
  2. summit (mūrdhan, mūrdhānaḥ),
  3. patience (kṣānti),
  4. supreme dharma (laukikāgradharma).

The four nirvedhabhāgiyas have been adopted by the masters of the Greater Vehicle and make up part of the Bodhisattva Path; they must be practiced during the level of activity in faith (adhimukticarya-bhūmi), the stage preparatory (prayogamārga) to entry into the bhūmis.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nirvedhabhagiya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nirvedhabhāgīya (निर्वेधभागीय).—adj. (subst.; = Pali nibbedhabh°), belonging or conducing to the (four states of) penetration, insight, which are uṣmagata- (avasthā), mūrdhan (mūrdhānaḥ, mūrdhāvasthā), kṣānti, and laukikāgr(y)a- dharma (the last = ānantaryasamādhi, Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) commentary): Mahāvyutpatti 1211; °gīyāni (kuśalamūlāni) Divyāvadāna 50.8; compare Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) xiv.26, commentary, and Abhidharmakośa, see s.v. nirvedha. For this Avadāna-śataka once reads nirbheda-bh°, q.v.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nirvedhabhāgīya (निर्वेधभागीय):—[=nir-vedha-bhāgīya] [from nir-vedha > nir-vyadh] mfn. relating to it, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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