Samanarthata, Samānārthatā: 3 definitions

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Samanarthata in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Samānārthatā (समानार्थता, “similarity of purpose”) refers to one of the “four bases of sympathy” (catursaṃgrahavastu) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 19). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., ṣaṣ-pāramitā and samānārthatā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samanarthata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Samānārthatā (समानार्थता).—(in Pali samānattatā, as if *samānāt-matā, is the 4th saṃgahavatthu), equality, (1) in general sense: Lalitavistara 239.13 māṃ (sc. the Bodhisattva) °tayā saṃ- sthāpayati sma, he (Ārāḍa Kālāpa = °ma) set me on terms of equality with himself; in same incident Mahāvastu ii.119.4 samā- nārthatāye sthāpayet; (2) as one of the 4 saṃgraha- vastu, q.v., according to Bodhisattvabhūmi 225.21 ff. and Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) xvi.72, (a Bodhisattva's) adoption of the same (religious) aims for himself which he preaches to others; in lists of the 4 saṃ- graha-vastu occurs Lalitavistara 38.17; 160.7; 182.6; 429.13; Mahāvastu ii.395.9; Mahāvyutpatti 928; Dharmasaṃgraha 19. But in Mahāvastu i.3.12 the 4th saṃgraha-vastu is given, instead, as samāna-sukha- duḥkhatā (mss. confused), i.e. having the same joys and sorrows (with others), or sympathy; this may have been the older interpretation, and seems to fit better the Pali equivalent (above), which is so interpreted Dīghanikāya (Pali) commentary iii.928.10 ff. The definition in Bodhisattvabhūmi and Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) may then be a late interpretation of pedantic Mahāyāna metaphy- sicians.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Samānārthatā (समानार्थता):—[=samānārtha-tā] [from samānārtha > samāna] f. equivalence, equality of birth or rank, [Lalita-vistara]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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