Samgharaksha, Saṃgharakṣa: 1 definition


Samgharaksha 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 Saṃgharakṣa can be transliterated into English as Samgharaksa or Samgharaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Samgharaksha in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Saṃgharakṣa (संघरक्ष) or Saṅgharakṣa was the leader of the Yogācāra Buddhists and was considered by the Sarvāstivādins of Kaśmir as one of their patriarchs. A native of Surāṣṭra (Kathiawar), he lived in the 2nd century AD and was the teacher of Caṇḍana-Kaniṣka in Gandhāra. He compiled a Buddhacarita and a Yogācārabhūmi. The work originally contained 27 chapters describing the Hīnayānist Yoga technique; in the translation made by Dharmarakṣa it consists of 30 chapters. The fact is that the Mahāyānists showed very strong interest in the Hīnayānist dhyāna as practiced by the Sarvāstivādin communities of Kaśmir and thereby there resulted a more or less hybrid literature.

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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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