Sahabhuhetu, Sahabhūhetu, Sahabhu-hetu: 1 definition



Sahabhuhetu 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Sahabhūhetu (सहभूहेतु) refers to the “simultaneous 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, “conditioned dharmas (saṃskṛtadharma) each have a simultaneous cause and, as simultaneous, these dharmas mutually help each another. They are like an older brother and a younger brother who, being of the same birth, help one another mutually. [this is the simultaneous cause (sahabhūhetu)]”.

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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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