Samyakkarmanta, Samyak-karmanta, Samyakkarmānta: 3 definitions


Samyakkarmanta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous (S) next»] — Samyakkarmanta in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Samyakkarmānta (सम्यक्कर्मान्त, “right action”) refers to the fourth of the Āryāṣṭāṅgamārga, or “eight members of the noble path”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI. Accordingly, “the fourth member (samyakkarmānta).—for right action (samyakkarmānta), it is the same allowing for a few minor variations”.

Right action (samyakkarmānta) according to Mahāyāna: “the Bodhisattva knows that all actions (karman) are false, erroneous, unreal, having non-activity as nature. Why? Because there is not a single action that possesses definite nature. Without motor activity, the agent does not exist, and without agent, motor does not exist. This emptiness of all action is called right action (samyakkarmānta). The Bodhisattvas who penetrate into the equality of all actions do not consider bad action (mithyā-karman) as bad and do not consider right action (samyak-karmānta) as good. Without activity, they do not perform right actions and they do not commit bad actions. That is true wisdom (bhūtaprajñā); that is right action (samyakkarmānta)”.

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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)

[«previous (S) next»] — Samyakkarmanta in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Samyakkarmānta (सम्यक्कर्मान्त, “right action”) refers to the fourth 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., samyak-karmānta). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (S) next»] — Samyakkarmanta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Samyakkarmānta (सम्यक्कर्मान्त):—[=samyak-karmānta] [from samyak > samy-añc] m. (with Buddhists) right action or occupation (one division of the āryāṣṭāṅga-mārga, ‘holy eightfold path’; the other 7 are given below), [Lalita-vistara; Dharmasaṃgraha 50; Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 44 etc.]

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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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