Paramitanaya, Pāramitānaya, Paramita-naya: 1 definition



Paramitanaya 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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Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography (b)

Pāramitānaya (पारमितानय) refers to one of the two types of Mahāyāna, which itself represents one of the various Buddhist paths (yāna).—According to the Tattvaratnāvalī of Advayavajra (12th century A. D.):—“[...] Mahāyāna is of two kinds: Pāramitānaya and Mantranaya. Pāramitānaya is explained by the theories either of Sautrāntika, Yogācāra or Madhyamaka. Mantranaya is explained by the theories of Yogācāra and Madhyamaka only”.

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