Paryavasanashuci, Paryavasānāśuci, Paryavasana-ashuci: 1 definition

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The Sanskrit term Paryavasānāśuci can be transliterated into English as Paryavasanasuci or Paryavasanashuci, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Paryavasanashuchi.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Paryavasānāśuci (पर्यवसानाशुचि) or simply Paryavasāna refers to the “impurity of the final outcome” and represents one of the five “impurities of the body” (kāyāśuci), contemplating on which, the Yogin can obtain the four “foundations of mindfulness” (smṛtyupasthāna), forming part of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.

Accordingly, the impurity of Paryavasāna is described as follows: “thrown on the fire, the body becomes ash; devoured by insects it becomes dung; placed in the earth, it decays, decomposes, and becomes earth; put into the water, it swells up and decays or it is eaten by water-insects. Of all corpses, that of man is the most impure: his impurities (aśucidharma) will be explained at length in reference to the nine concepts... That is what is called the impurity of the final outcome (paryavasāna-aśuci)”.

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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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