Samyagdrishti, aka: Samyag-drishti, Samyagdṛṣṭi; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Samyagdṛṣṭi can be transliterated into English as Samyagdrsti or Samyagdrishti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Samyagdṛṣṭi (सम्यग्दृष्टि, “right view”) refers to the first of the Āryāṣṭāṅgamārga, or “eight members of the noble path”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI. Accordingly, “the first member, right view (samyagdṛṣṭi), is the wisdom mentioned in regard to the four foundations of mindfulness (smṛtyupasthāna), the faculty of wisdom (prajñendriya), the strength of wisdom (prajñābala) and the member of enlightenment called discernment of dharmas”.

Samyagdṛṣṭi (सम्यग्दृष्टि, “right view”) according chapter 36.—Accordingly, “right view (samyagdṛṣṭi) is associated with right conceptualizing (samyaksaṃkalpa), right effort (samyagvyāyāna), right mindfulness (samyaksmṛṭi), right concentration (samyaksamādhi); and the threefold morality [consisting of samyagvāc, samyakkarmānta and samyagājīva)]. [...] Right view (samyagdṛṣṭi) distinguishes the beautiful and the ugly and deals with the good (hita)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Samyagdṛṣṭi (सम्यग्दृष्टि, “right view”) refers to the first of the “noble eightfold path” (āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 50), itself forming part of the “thirty-seven things on the side of awakening” (bodhipākṣika-dharma). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., samyag-dṛṣṭi). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Samyagdṛṣṭi (सम्यग्दृष्टि) is another word for Samyaktva, generally referring “right belief” in Jainism.

Source: Jaina Yoga

Samyagdṛṣṭi (सम्यग्दृष्टि) refers to “right faith” according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.23.—Which are the eight limbs of right faith (samyag-dṛṣṭi)? The eight limbs of right faith are:

  1. absence of doubt in the variety of the tenets propounded by the Jina in part or as whole (niḥśaṅkita),
  2. absence of appreciation of manifold doctrine or having no desire for the worldly pleasures (niḥkāṅkṣita);
  3. absence of any repulsion from the impurity of the body of a person possessed with three jewels (nirvicikitsā);
  4. un-deluded vision (amūḍhadṛṣṭi);
  5. confirmation of faith (upagūhana),
  6. steadfastness of faith (sthitikaraṇa),
  7. affection for faith (vātsalya),
  8. glorification of the creed (prabhāvanā).

If there are eight limbs of right belief /faith (samyag-dṛṣṭi), then there should be eight transgressions of the right believer also instead of five listed above? The transgression of admiration for the knowledge and conduct of wrong believers is inclusive of the opposites of a number of limbs like upaguhana etc. Also as the author has given five transgressions for each vow, so here also he has given five transgressions of right believer and made them include all eight limbs.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Samyagdṛṣṭi (सम्यग्दृष्टि).—insight.

Derivable forms: samyagdṛṣṭiḥ (सम्यग्दृष्टिः).

Samyagdṛṣṭi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms samyañc and dṛṣṭi (दृष्टि). See also (synonyms): samyagdarśana, samyaṅdarśana, samyagdṛṣṭi.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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