Nishthamarga, Niṣṭhāmārga, Nishtha-marga: 1 definition



Nishthamarga 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 Niṣṭhāmārga can be transliterated into English as Nisthamarga or Nishthamarga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Niṣṭhāmārga (निष्ठामार्ग) refers to the “final path” and represents one of the various paths of the Śrāvakas mentioned in appendix 1 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXX).—The niṣṭhāmārga “final path”, attained by the Arhat, is characterized by the aśaikṣa knowledges, the main ones of which being the knowledge of the destruction of the defilements (āsravakṣayajñāna) and the knowledge of the non-production of defilements (āsravānutpādajñāna): they are defined in Kośa, VI, p. 230 seq.

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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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