Prayogamarga, Prayogamārga, Prayoga-marga: 1 definition
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Prayogamārga (प्रयोगमार्ग) refers to the “preparatory path” and represents one of the various paths of the Śrāvakas mentioned in appendix 1 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXX).—The saṃbhāramārga, “path of accumulation of merit” and the prayogamārga, “preparatory path”, are characterized by the naivaśaikṣanāśaikṣa, such as: acquisition of the roots of good (kuśalamūla), acquisition of noble lineages (āryavaṃśa), meditation on the disgusting (aśubhabhāvanā) and mindfulness of breathing (ānāpāna-smṛti), foundations of mindfulness (smṛtyupasthāna), and finally, acquisition of the four roots of good leading to penetration. These last constitute the preparatory path par excellence; they are studied in Kośa, VI, p. 163 seq.
In the course of the preparatory path (prayogamārga), the Śrāvaka, trained in the practice of the smṛtyupasthāna, cultivates the four wholesome roots favorable to penetration into the four noble Truths; these are:
- the heats (ūṣmagata),
- the summits (mūrdhan),
- the acquiescences (kṣānti)
- and the supreme worldly dharmas (laukikāgradharma).
The old canonical texts make no mention of them, but the Sarvāstivādin Abhidharma attaches great importance to them.
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 1 - The path of the śrāvakas < [Chapter XXX - The Characteristics of Prajñā]
Appendix 6 - The preparatory path (prayogamārga) in the Śrāvaka system < [Chapter XLII - The Great Loving-kindness and the Great Compassion of the Buddhas]
Appendix 1 - The four nirvedhabhāgiya (auxiliaries of penetration or insight) < [Chapter XII - Unhindered Mind]
Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Andreas Kretschmar)