Samyag-marga, Samyagmārga, Samyanc-marga: 2 definitions


Samyag-marga 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

Samyagmārga (सम्यग्मार्ग) refers to the “eight right paths”, also known as the Āryāṣṭāṅgamārga, or “eight members of the noble path”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.

These eight right paths (samyagmārga) are arranged into three groups (skandha):

  1. the class of morality (śīlaskandha) [samyagvāc, samyakkarmānta, samyagājīva],
  2. the class of concentration (samādhiskandha) [samyagvyāyāma, samyaksmṛti, samyaksamādhi],
  3. the class of wisdom (prajñāskandha) [samyagdṛṣṭi, samyaksaṃkalpa].
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Samyagmārga (सम्यग्मार्ग) refers to the “right way”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja, having praised the Lord with these verses, addressed himself to the Lord: ‘[...] The Lord, having awakened through his own power (svayaṃbhū), entered into the state of perfect awakening by him self (svayam) to the total reality without a teacher. The Lord is the leader, and teaches the right way (samyagmārga-deśika) to those on bad ways without any leader (anāyaka). [...]’”.

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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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