Rakshasashila, Rākṣasaśīla, Rakshasa-shila: 1 definition



Rakshasashila 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 term Rākṣasaśīla can be transliterated into English as Raksasasila or Rakshasashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Rākṣasaśīla (राक्षसशील) refers to the “moralities (śīla) of the flesh-eating demons (rākṣasa)”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “the moralities of the heretics (tīrthikaśīla) are the moralities of the bull (gośīla), the deer (mṛgaśīla), the dog (kukkuraśīla), the flesh-eating demons (rākṣasaśīla), the mute (mūkaśīla), the deaf (badhiraśīla): these moralities are not praised by the sages; they are cruel and do not bring any good retribution (vipāka)”.

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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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