Sambharamarga, Saṃbhāramārga, Sambhara-marga: 1 definition

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Saṃbhāramārga (संभारमार्ग) refers to the “path of accumulation of merit” 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.

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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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