Samskritadharma, Saṃskṛtadharma, Samskrita-dharma: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Saṃskṛtadharma can be transliterated into English as Samskrtadharma or Samskritadharma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Saṃskṛtadharma (संस्कृतधर्म) refers to “conditioned dharmas”, as defined in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI. Accordingly, “the sūtras of the āgamas and the nikāyas set out the three characteristics of conditioned dharmas (saṃskṛtadharma): production or origin, disappearance, and duration-change”.

Cf. Nidānasaṃyukta, p. 139: “there are, O monks, three characteristics of the conditioned that are themselves conditioned. What are these three? Of the conditioned, the production is object of consciousness; the disappearance is also object of consciousness; likewise the duration-change”.

According to chapter XLIX, “all conditioned dharmas (saṃskṛtadharma) are the result of four conditions (pratyaya): 1) the causal condition (hetupratyaya); 2) the immediately preceding condition (samanantarapratyaya); 3) the object condition (ālambanapratyaya); 4) the dominant condition (adhipatipratyaya).”

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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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