Sabhagahetu, Sabhāgahetu, Sabhaga-hetu: 1 definition



Sabhagahetu 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Sabhāgahetu (सभागहेतु) refers to the “homogeneous cause” and represents one of the five causes (hetu) of the causal condition (hetupratyaya), which itself is one of the four kinds of pratyaya (conditions) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIX. Accordingly, “dharmas of the good category (kuśalanikāya), when they are past (atīta), are homogeneous cause of present (pratyutpanna) and future (anāgata) dharmas; past (atīta) or present (pratyutpanna), dharmas of the good category are homogeneous cause of future (anāgata) good dharmas. [Mutatis mutandis], it is the same for bad (akuśala) dharmas and indeterminate (avyākṛta) dharmas. Thus all dharmas each have their homogeneous cause (sabhāgahetu)”.

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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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