Prashantakarman, Prashanta-karma, Prashanta-karman, Prashantakarma, Praśāntakarma, Praśāntakarman: 1 definition


Prashantakarman 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 terms Praśāntakarma and Praśāntakarman can be transliterated into English as Prasantakarma or Prashantakarma or Prasantakarman or Prashantakarman, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Praśāntakarman (प्रशान्तकर्मन्) [=Praśantakarman?] refers to “pacified actions”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[The eighteen āveṇika-dharmas (‘special attributes’)]— [...] (13-15). Every physical, vocal or mental action of the Buddha accompanies knowledge.—[...] Furthermore, the Buddha is endowed with three kinds of pure action (pariśuddhakarman), three kinds of pacified actions (praśantakarma), three kinds of actions not requiring secrecy (ārakṣyakarman).[50] Some people wonder why the Buddha has such actions and this is why the Buddha says: ‘All my bodily, vocal and mental acts (kāyavāgmanaskarman) are preceded by knowledge (jñāna-pūrvaṅgama) and accompany knowledge (jñāna-anuparivartin)’. [...]”.

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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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