Paishunyavada, Paiśunyavāda, Paishunya-vada: 1 definition

Introduction

Paishunyavada 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 Paiśunyavāda can be transliterated into English as Paisunyavada or Paishunyavada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Paiśunyavāda (पैशुन्यवाद) refers to “slanderous speech”; the abstinence thereof represents one of the three paths classified as vākkarma-patha” (paths of vocal action) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The paths of vocal action (vākkarma-patha) are four in number: abstaining from falsehood (mṛṣāvāda), slander (paiśunyavāda), harmful speech (pāruṣyavāda) and thoughtless speech (saṃbhinnapralāpa).

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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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