Paryankabandha, Paryaṅkabandha, Paryanka-bandha: 3 definitions



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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Paryaṅkabandha (पर्यङ्कबन्ध).—According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV), among sitting postures, the cross-legged position (paryaṅkabandha) is the calmest (kṣema) and the least tiring; this is the posture of those in dhyāna for, by holding the hands and feet in this way, the mind does not wander. Furthermore, among the four bodily positions (kāyeryāpatha), it is the most calming (kṣema): it is the posture of ecstasy, the usual position for finding the Path (mārgalābha). Furthermore, the Buddha told his disciples that they should sit this way. Why? When one keeps the body straight, it is easy to control the mind; in those whose body is straight, the mind is not idle. With right mind, the ascetic fixes his attention; when the mind wanders, he seizes it and brings it back.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Paryankabandha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paryaṅkabandha (पर्यङ्कबन्ध).—sitting on the hams, the posture called पर्यङ्क (paryaṅka); पर्यङ्कबन्धस्थिरपूर्व- कायम् (paryaṅkabandhasthirapūrva- kāyam) Ku.3.45,59.

Derivable forms: paryaṅkabandhaḥ (पर्यङ्कबन्धः).

Paryaṅkabandha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms paryaṅka and bandha (बन्ध). See also (synonyms): paryaṅkagranthi.

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

Paryaṅkabandha (पर्यङ्कबन्ध):—[=pary-aṅka-bandha] [from pary-aṅka > pary-añc] m. ([Kumāra-sambhava]) the act of sitting with the legs bent and binding a cloth round the back and loins and knees.

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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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